Hubert Heslep Womble

Military

Object Number - UPL 48074 - The B-24D - 42-40265 - Honkey Tonk Gal's Crew : Rear : Left to Right : Leo Sharp - Pilot Hubert Womble - Arthur Thompson -...

Lt. Hubert Womble was assigned to the 409th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force at Hethel, U.K. in 1942. He was temporarily detached (TDY) from the 8th, to the 9th Air Force and moved to Benghazi, Libya. He flew one mission to Rome, Italy, before taking part in Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti. On the Ploesti mission, his plane, 42-40265, Honkey Tonk Gal, was hit over it's target by flak and crash landed (FTR). Lt. Womble and his crew were taken prisoner by the Romanians, with their bombardier dying of his injuries, later, in a Romanian hospital. 1 x KIA. 9 x POW. 1-Aug-43. AC force landed in Romania. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 330

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13048346
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35277037
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14067163
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33200358
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35016325 / O-735404
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Honkey Tonk Gal - Naked Truth
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Caldwell, Texas 1921-04-07 Son of Hubert Hamilton and Susan [Jenkins] Womble.

Buried

Masonic Cemetery Caldwell, Burleson County, TX 1997-12-12 Masonic Cemetery Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas

Died

Caldwell, TX 1997-12-09

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Bucharest, Romania 1943-08-01 Prisoner of War (POW) Romania

Based

1943-08-01 Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Force landed POW

Vicinity Ploesti, Romania 1943-08-01 Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40265 'Honky Tonk Gal' 1-Aug-43; force landed Romania, POW MACR 330

Enlisted

College Station, TX 1942-01-24 College Station, Texas

Revisions

Date8 Apr 2022 08:01:52
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 42-40265 - Honkey Tonk Gal

Date8 Apr 2022 07:59:43
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 42-2065 - Honky Tonk Gal

Date17 Mar 2015 13:54:21
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM Database.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:22
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / wife/ MACR 330

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