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Personnel of the 389th Bomb Group stand atop the engine of a B-24D Liberator, serial number 42-40787, named, Vagabond King. Sitting ( left to right ) : Staff Sergeant David C. Shattles, Staff Sergeant Louis H. Raines, Corporal Alfred P. Rossi. Standing (left to right) : Second Lieutenant Masco, First Lieutenant Marvin Mendlesohn, First Lieutenant George A Brinton, Captain John B. McCormick, Staff Sergeant William J. Budai, Staff Sergeant Richard W. Weaver

"They have bombed ten different countries." Associated Press photo shows : "The crew of the Flying Fortress, Vagabond King, which has flown over 250,000 miles in combat and bombed targets in ten different countries, including the airfields at Ploesti, Romania. They are (left to right, sitting) : SSgt. David C. Shattles, of Atlanta, GA. Gunner - SSgt. Louis H. Raines, of Chesson, ALA, Gunner - Cpl. Alfred P. Rossi, of Philadelphia, PA, Gunner - (standing) : 2nd Lt. Masco, of Chicago, ILL, Bombardier - 1st Lt. Marvin Mendlesohn, of Rockaway, N.Y. Navigator - 1st Lt. George A. Brinton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Co-Pilot - Capt. John B. McCormick, of Syracuse, N.Y. Pilot - SSgt. William J. Budai of Toledo, Ohio - and SSgt. Richard W. Weaver, of Scottdale, PENN."

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Personnel of the 389th Bomb Group stand atop the engine of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-40787) nicknamed "Vagabond King". Sitting (left to right): Staff Sergeant David C Shattles, Staff Sergeant Louis H Raines, Corporal Alfred P Rossi. Standing (left to right)Second Lieutenant Masco, First Lieutenant Marvin Mendlesohn, First Lieutenant George A Brinton, Captain John B. McCormick, Staff Sergeant William J Budai, Staff Sergeant Richard W Weaver

'They have bombed ten different countries. Associated Press photo shows: The crew of the Flying Fortress, "Vagabond King", which has flown over 250,000 miles in combat missions and bombed targets in ten different countries, including the airfields at Ploesti. They are (left to right, sitting): S/Sgt. David C. Shattles, of Atlanta, GA., Gunner; S/Sgt. Louis H. Raines, of Chesson, ALA, Gunner; Cpl. Alfred P. Rossi, of Philadelphia, PA., Gunner; (standing): 2nd Lt. Masco, of Chicago, ILL; Bombardier; 1st Lt. Lt. Marvin Mendlesohn, of Rockaway, N.Y., Navigator; 1st Lt. George A. Brinton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, co-Pilot; Capt. John B. McCormick, of Syracuse, M.Y. Pilot; S/Sgt. William J Budai, of Toledo, Ohio; and S/Sgt. Richard W. Weaver, of Scottdale, PENN.'

Connections

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Brinton

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787.

  • William Budai

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Ball Turret Gunner
    SSgt William A. "Bill" Budai was a B-24 ball turret gunner in the 8th Air Force, based at Hethel, U.K. The 8th Air Force was transferred (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, June or July, 1943, for Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania....

  • John McCormick

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. John B. McCormick was the command pilot of the B-24D, named, Vagabond King, in the 8th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron at Hethel, U.K. In May or June, of 1943, he and his B-24, Vagabond King, were temporarily detached to...

  • Marvin Mendlesohn

    Military | Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator
    Lt. Marvin Mendelsohn was a B-24 Navigator. He took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti, navigating on the B-24 Liberator 42-40787, Vagabond King. 1 August 1943, ...

  • Alfred Rossi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator / Gunner
    SSgt. Alfred P. Rossi was a B-24 radio operator/ top turret gunner, and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti flying with Lt. John McCormick in his B-24D, Liberator, 42-40787, Vagabond King. He survived the mission and returned to...

  • David Shattles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787.

  • Richard Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 1-Dec-43 on mission to Solingen, B-24 42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land. MACR 3983 Awards: PH.

Aircraft

  • 42-40787 - Vagabond King

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40787, Vagabond King, was in the 565th Bombing Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, in the the 8th Air Force in the U.K. It's primary pilots were Copilot Lt. Doyle Hicks, and Lt. John McCormick. They Arrived overseas, 21 Jun 43, and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2021 17:55:06 Kickapoo Changes to caption and unit associations
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Punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 13:30:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption and unit associations
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Image is of a 389th Bomb Group crew

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 14:49:32 Emily Changes to mission associations
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Removed association to Operation Tidal Wave: not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2019 19:08:10 Dieterle Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle, adding more material from Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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