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B-24D - #4111886 - 'Lil Joe' - 345th BS - 98th BG - 9th AF, was lost on 1st Aug 43 on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. 6 crew bailed, 2 survived descent, 'Lil Joe' exploded and crashed in a field. Pilot Lt Hussey and his radioman were pulled from wreck badly burned and became POW's. 4 POW, 5 KIA. MACR 222.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 41-11886 'Lil Joe'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'Lil Joe', SN #41-11886, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, by Lt. Lindley Hussey. 'Lil Joe' was lost on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. The aircraft was hit by flak and had a large...


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