William Girard Pimm

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...

SSgt. William Girard Pimm was assigned to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He was a tail gunner and crew member of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, and participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. 1 Aug 1943

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, 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 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Born

New Haven, CT 1921-06-28 Son of G Harold and Rose R [Huss] Pimm.

Buried

State Veterans Cemetery Middletown, Middlesex County CT State Veterans Cemetery Middletown, Middlesex County Connecticut, USA.

Died

Newington, CT 1997-12-31

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.

Revisions

Date17 Sep 2021 16:44:01
ContributorKickapoo
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Wording. details added. - Kickapoo

Date17 Apr 2020 19:51:00
Contributorjmoore43
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Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date30 Mar 2015 18:20:41
ContributorAl_Skiff
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USAAF Photo.

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