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B-24D Liberator, 42-40102, Old Baldy, was lost near it's target at Ploesti, Romania. An AA flak round hit the pilot compartment, instantly killing the pilot, 1st Lt John J Dore. All crewmembers were killed in action. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Rear L-R: Frank Norris, Joe Finneran, Worthington Franks, Will D Buchanan, John J Dore.
Front L-R: Max Lower, Joe Iosco, Stan Packer, Wes Jones

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Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    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...

People

  • William Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Missed the Ploesti oil refinery due to dysentery. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. John J. Dore, Jr. was assigned as Command Pilot to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The airplane and crew were lost near their target at Ploesti, Romania, shot down by flak and...

  • Joseph Finneran

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Joe Fenneran was assigned to the 9th Air force. the the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF, as Bombardier on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, Lost, shot down over Ploesti. Took a direct flak hit from 30 feet or less from a Romanian...

  • Worthington Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Lt. Worthington Alfred Franks was a B-24 navigator assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, shot down over Ploesti, Romania, hit by an AA direct hit from a Rumanian 80 mm...

  • Joseph Iosco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Wesley Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Lt. Wesley Jones was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in Lt. John Dore's crew, as Tail Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The aircraft was lost, shot down by flak near the target, White IV,...

  • Max Lower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator/Gunner
    T/Sgt. Max Lower was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in WWll. He was the Radio Operator/Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, on Operation Tidal Wave over the Ploesti oil refineries. His...

  • Frank Norris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Filght Engineer
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

  • Stanley Packer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Gunner on B-24 42-40102, Old Baldy, lost near the target at Ploesti. AA hit aircraft point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. All crew were Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40102 - Old Baldy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D named, Old Baldy, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF. Aircraft was lost, Failed To Return (FTR), with Lt. John J. Dore Jr.'s crew, after the bombing mission over Ploesti, Romania. Old...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

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Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 09:24:37 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 16:43:12 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:25:11 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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