Ronald Stewart Allen

Military

Object Number - UPL 14538 - Liberator B-24D, 4240172, Lynn Bari II, in the 506th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, "The Flying 8 Balls", in the 8th Air Force, TDY to the 9th...

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'.

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Awards: DFC, AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16040136 / O-411678
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19032975 / O-730588
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Lynn Bari II
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 506th Bomb Squadron 856th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Star Spangled Hell
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th 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
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Muskogee, Okla 1917-11-18 Son of Ronald Stewart Sr and Mida Breckenridge [Spradling] Allen.

Based

Shipdham Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

1988-06-17

Buried

Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, OK 1988-06-20 Fort Gibson National Cemetery Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma

Other

Baled out POW

North of Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1943-10-01 Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 POW MACR 51251

Based

Benina 1943-10-01 Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Moosburg, Bavaria 1943-10-01 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Enlisted

Okmulgee, OK 1940-09-16 Okmulgee Oklahoma

Revisions

Date7 Apr 2019 21:02:38
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:29
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan and Stewart, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299; MACR 15251

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