Thomas C Dick

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

March 8, 1943 'Thar She Blows' B24 #41-23658 crashlanded at Gibraltar Farms in Kent. The battle damaged plane was returning from operations. All crew members were injured.

Silver Star; Purple Heart; DFC; EAME Medal w/ 4 Bronze Battle Stars; American Theater Ribbon

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Thar She Blows
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Tarfu
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th 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...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Griffithsville, West Virginia 23 August 1919

Died

13 May 1969

Buried

Coalinga, California

Revisions

Date22 Mar 2020 02:10:13
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date11 Oct 2019 10:28:58
Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:50
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p.90, Ted's Travelling Circus by Cal Stewart pp. 83-84; Daughter