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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 Force. Flown on Operation Tidal wave over Ploesti, Romania. Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata, and CoPilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, and Bombardier, Lt. Howard LaLonde, launched from Benghazi, Libya, on the Ploesti mission and successfully returned with only 1 crew member, Gunner SSgt, John Gormey, wounded. WIA. Aug 1, 1943.

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  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 415th Bomb Squadron was established as a B-24 Liberator Reconnaissance Squadron in early 1942. Initially, it was engaged in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. Later, it was redesignated as a Heavy Bombardment Squadron, and was trained...

People

  • Donald Di Coscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was a B-24D bombardier on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the...

  • John Gormey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Staff Sergeant James H. Gomey was a gunner on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, which participated in the Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. Sgt. Gormey was slightly wounded over Ploesti, hit by flak. WIA. 1st Aug 43...

  • Howard LaLonde

    Military | Major | B-24D Navigator
    Major Howard J. LaLonde was a B-24 navigator, originally assigned and deployed to the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in Hethel, Britain in Lt. Robert Wright's crew in, Old Blister Butt. He was, then, detached and deployed (TDY) to the 415th...

  • Paul Nicholson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    TechSgt. Paul A. Nicholson was a B-24 flight engineer/ top turret gunner, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, in the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. He was a crew member of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, and flew on...

  • John Oaks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. 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 crew member WIA. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Opsata

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D Command pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, with his Copilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, and Bombardier Lt. Don Di Coscoe, on Operation Tidal Wave, assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force,...

  • William Pimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner
    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...

  • Louis Quaglino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot
    Lt. Louis R. Quaglino was reassigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, as copilot of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, with his pilot, Lt. Andrew Opsata. Lt. Quaglino, flying, Stinger, participated in...

  • Charles Quinlan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner
    SSgt. Charles Quinlan was a crewmember on the B-24D, 41-11817, named, Stinger, and participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery mission, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya, with only one crew member wounded (WIA). 1 WIA. 1-Aug-43...

Aircraft

  • 41-11817 - Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, mission to the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, flown by it's pilot for the mission, Lt. Andrew Opsata, it's copilot, Lt. Louis R. Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt....

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