Julian Marion Bleyer

Military

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Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot B-24 41-11896 flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

DSC Citation:
"Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Julian M. Bleyer, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters, 98th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Lieutenant Colonel Bleyer flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Bleyer on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."

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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: 19097720 / O-739218
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Nightmare
  • 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

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Pilot B-24 41-11896 flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Based

Assigned

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

Born

Dawson, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA 1915-04-18 Son of Chester and Madge Bleyer.

Died

Brevard County, FL, USA 2002-03-04

Buried

Brevard Memorial Park Cocoa Brevard County, FL Brevard Memorial Park Cocoa Brevard County, Florida

Enlisted

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Pilot training

Basic flight training - 1936

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Pilot training

Primary flight training - 1936

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Pilot training

1937-06-20 Advanced flight training - 1937

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Promotion

1937-06-20 Promoted 2nd Lieutenant.

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Promotion

1940-09-09 Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

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Promotion

1942-02-01 Promoted Captain.

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Promotion

1943-05-07 Promoted Major.

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Promotion

1944-04-27 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel.

Revisions

Date5 Aug 2021 17:58:49
Contributorjmoore43
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date4 Jul 2020 14:53:57
Contributordecwriter
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NARA verified awards and Service Number.

Date12 Feb 2018 12:50:36
Contributordecwriter
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Find a Grave data for birth and death dates.

Date12 Feb 2018 12:46:16
Contributordecwriter
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Service with the 98th BG.

Date12 Feb 2018 12:38:42
Contributordecwriter
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Achieved Colonel rank in his career.

Date17 Apr 2015 15:41:32
ContributorAl_Skiff

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