John Guanu

Military

Object Number - UPL 14413 - Four gunners who protected B-24D, 4111761, The Squaw, on 35 of it's 71 missions. The gunners are looking out of the waist window of, The Squaw, ...

Crew member on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw. Flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti mission. Damaged by flak and diverted to Cyprus. Returned to base at Benghazi, Libya 3-Aug-43. Flew to Fort Worth, Texas for a war bond tour with, The Squaw. 1944

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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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 344th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18065645 / O-726423
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Sleepy, The Squaw
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 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

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Albany, NY 7 June 1923 Son of George Guanu and Anna Bouras.

Enlisted

New York City, NY 18 December 1941

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Crew member B-24 41-11761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.

Died

Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY 26 August 2005

Buried

Cherry Valley Cemetery Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY 29 August 2005 Cherry Valley Cemetery Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York

Other

War Bond Tour

Fort Worth, TX, USA Returned to Fort Worth, Texas, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.
Albany, NY, USA

Based

Assigned

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

Revisions

Date21 Mar 2022 19:51:52
ContributorKickapoo
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Removed punctuation from aircraft name, for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date31 Mar 2015 20:31:38
ContributorAl_Skiff
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