Paul Andrew Nicholson

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...

TechSgt. Paul A. Nicholson was a B-24 flight engineer/ top turret gunner, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, in the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. He was a crew member of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the oil refinery bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania, returning safely (RTB) to Libya with only one crew member wounded. 1 WIA-RTS. 10 RTS. 1 Aug 43.

Awards: AM - DFC - WWII Victory Medal - 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...

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Assigned

Benghazi, Libya Assigned to the 415th Bomb Squadron, in the 9th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Crew member of the B-24D, Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger. Participated in the Ploesti oil refinery mission, returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember wounded - RTB. 1 WIA-RTS. 10 RTS. 1 Aug 43.

Born

Lisbon, OH 1923-12-22 Son of James E. Nicholson.

Died

Lisbon, OH 2002-08-03

Buried

Lisbon Cemetery Lisbon, Columbiana County, OH 2002-08-06 Lisbon Cemetery Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio

Enlisted

Akron, OH 1942-04-07 Akron, Ohio

Other

Discharged USAAF

1946-03-09 Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date6 Apr 2022 08:03:49
ContributorKickapoo
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date17 Apr 2020 19:43:13
Contributorjmoore43
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Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.

Date17 Apr 2020 19:41:32
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date30 Mar 2015 18:50:45
ContributorAl_Skiff
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USAAF Photo.

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