Richard B Smith


Object Number - UPL 15403 - B-24 Liberator #42-40803 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, pilot Richard B Smith and crew, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely...

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40803.


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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 36th Bomb Group 389th Bomb Group 801st Bomb Group 564th Bomb Squadron 856th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Miss Liberty
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group 564th Bomb Squadron 567th 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


Fort Worth, Texas


Date23 Oct 2019 11:55:16
Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:26

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Page 412 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45), 389th BG Roster

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