John Wilburn Propst Sr

Military

Object Number - UPL 56371 - John Wilburn Propst Sr

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40316.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Snake Eyes - Youre Faded
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 345th 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

Hickory, NC 2 September 1923 Son of Henry Lester and Maggie Leonna [Caldwell] Propst.

Enlisted

12 October 1942

Other

Discharged USAAF

22 July 1945 Honourable discharge.

Died

Zionville, NC 19 November 2008 John W. Propst, age 85, of 6310 Old Highway 421, Zionville, died Wednesday evening, November 19, 2008, at Mecklenburg Health Care Center in Charlotte. Mr. Propst is survived by his wife; two daughters; two sons; three granddaughters; five grandsons; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; one brother. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons; his father and mother, Henry Lester Propst and Maggie Caldwell Propst, and two sisters. Funeral services for Mr. John W. Propst will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November 22, 2008, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Gordon Noble. Military graveside rites and burial will follow in Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening, from 7:00 until 9:00, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Buried

Cove Creek Cemetery Watauga County, NC 22 November 2008 Cove Creek Cemetery Watauga County, North Carolina

Based

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

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