James Burlyn Hale

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 49565

Technical Sergeant James B. Hale was an engineer and gunner in the B-24D, 42-40655. Damfino's first known combat sortie on 19th June 1943 to Reggio di Calibria, Italy, with his pilot, Lt. Hadcock's crew. They both flew on Operation Tidal Wave, assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force USAAF. Lt, Hadcock and TSgt Hale completed a further 13 successful missions in this B-24D before succumbing to the deadly flak at Ploesti. Four Eyes, Failed to Return (FTR) from the Ploesti mission. TSgt. Hale and Pilot Hadcock were part of the crew on Four Eyes, who were Killed in Action (KIA) over Ploesti. 1 Aug, 1943. MACR 174

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31125292
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12051931 / O-793322
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Four Eyes - Damfino
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd 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...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Berka, al Birkah

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Vinita, OK 29 July 1912 Son of Porter Emmons and Myrtle Louetta [Rafferty] Hale.

Enlisted

Fort Sill, OK 5 March 1942 Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Died

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174
Oklahoma, USA

Buried

Fairview Cemetery Vinita, Craig County, OK Fairview Cemetery Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma

Based

Benina 1 August 1943 Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date21 Sep 2021 10:42:24
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date21 Sep 2021 10:22:56
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date21 Sep 2021 10:20:11
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date21 Sep 2021 10:14:40
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date24 Jul 2021 17:59:06
Contributorjmoore43
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date3 May 2021 04:19:29
Contributorfesnock1
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Photo taken in 1942.

Date20 Mar 2015 10:29:10
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Date20 Mar 2015 10:26:09
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