George P Martin


Joined Sqd 6/17/43.
DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40731.

Returned to base 8/26/43.
DS/Tunis 9/16/43.

Crash landed "Hag Mag" at Marrakesh in B24 42-40731 10/2/43.

Returned to base via ATC 10/2/43.
Completed tour 4/29/44.
Trans/66 BS 6/2/44.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Hag Mag The Mothball Queen Eager Eve
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron


  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...


Date18 Apr 2020 10:30:29
Date27 Sep 2014 18:11:08

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 306