John Madison Oaks

Military

Object Number - UPL 14353 - The flight crew poses in front of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, in the 415th Bomb Squadron - the 98th Bomb Group - and the 9th Air...

Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

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

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth 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: 389th Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Stinger
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 415th 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

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Assigned

Benghazi, Libya Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.

Born

Monmouth, IL 1915-05-09 Son of John Henderson and Katherine [Whelan] Oaks

Died

Davenport, IA

Buried

Warren County Memorial Park Monmouth, Warren County, IL Warren County Memorial Park Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois

Enlisted

Chicago, IL 1941-04-28 Chicago, Illinois

Revisions

Date17 Apr 2020 19:46:38
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date30 Mar 2015 18:56:23
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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