Paul Baskis


Object Number - UPL 14408 - Back Row L to R Gen Hoyt S Vanderberg P 1st Lt Royden L Lebrecht, Denison, TX C 1st Lt Clinton H Killian, Roosevelt, Utah N 1st Lt Grover A Zink,...

Master Sgt. Crew Chief Paul Baskis was assigned to the B-24D Liberator, 41-11761, named, The Squaw.
On completion of his combat tour, returned with his crew and plane, The Squaw, to Fort Worth, Texas for a war bond tour across the nation. 1944

Awards: BSM, WWII Victory, EAME.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Sleepy - The Squaw
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 343rd 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...


  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield


Event Location Date Description


1 February 1914 Son of William And Isabella Baskis.


Rantoul, IL 15 September 1998
Cambridge, MA, USA Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.



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


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