Lawrence Jack Hadcock

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 13905 - B-24D Liberator 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, and, Damfino, and crew lost on the Ploesti raid. 1st Aug 43 MACR 174 ...

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Temp Duty (TDY) 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in the B-24D, 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, later, Damfino. 1 Aug 43. 10 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174

Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

“Lt. Hadcock participated in Operation Tidal Wave, one of the most daring raids of World War II. Flying into their heavily defended target at tree top level, the 98th Bomb Group destroyed the Astra Romano oil refinery. The 98th Bomb Group earned the Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their participation in the mission. Lt. Hadcock was awarded his Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart posthumously.” - Info from John Dowdy

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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: 18074761 / O-670102
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38013630
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31125292
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38088239
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18166531
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Four Eyes - Damfino
  • 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

Born

Syracuse, NY 25 May 1920 Son of Edward and Mildred V [Scott] Hadcock.

Enlisted

Buffalo, NY 21 January 1942 Buffalo, New York

Died

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174

Buried

Martville Cemetery, Martville, Cayuga County, NY 8 June 1950 Martville Cemetery, Martville, Cayuga County, New York.

Based

Benina 1 August 1943 Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

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Date13 Sep 2021 05:52:22
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Role/ Job change. - Kickapoo

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FindAGrave Memorial - Lawrence J. Hadcock

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FindAGrave Memorial - Lawrence J. Hadcock

Date12 Sep 2021 23:21:50
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Best Web - B-24 - 43-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date19 Mar 2015 14:28:48
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM database.

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