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Pilot Lt. Royden LeBrecht with the nose art and name of his B-24D Liberator bomber, # 4111761 - 'The Squaw' - formerly named, 'Sleepy', from the 343rd BS, the 98th BG, and the 9th AF. Lt. LeBrecht and 'The Squaw' were both survivors of the Ploesti oil refinery bombing raid. Aug 1, 1943. Lt. LeBrecht returned to the USA for a war bonds tour in 'The Squaw'. It's art work was toned down for the war bond tour by painting clothing on the previously naked, "squaw" maiden. 1943



  • 9th Air Force
  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd 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...


  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew his B-24D, he named, The Squaw, on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at...


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31 March 2015 14:28:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and mission associations

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