Kenneth C Caroon


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23936.

1st Oct 43, B-24 41-23936 'Queen Anne' was attacked by fighters on bombing run on Wiener, Austria. 2 crew members bailed out near Vienna to become Prisoner of War (POW)s. Pilot Oakley crash landed in British held territory near Foggia, Italy. This unit was on temporary duty with the 9th AAC.


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Units served with

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95260) nicknamed "Lili Marlene" of the 66th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group flies in formation with two comrades. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-24 H & B-24 J OF 44th B.G. 66th Sqdn'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Queen Anne Margurite
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...


Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of war

1 October 1943


Pine City, Minn


Date14 Feb 2020 11:38:00
Date27 Sep 2014 18:17:49

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol I p. 299, by Bishop and Hey, 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p.126-7.