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Lt. James Rex Lindsey and his pilot, Gilbert Hadley, in "Hadley' Harem" followed the B-24D Liberator, 41-11825, named, "Hail Columbia"(and earlier, named, "Grumpy", at different times) out of the Ploesti area after being shot up over their targets. they didn't make it home (KIA) - crashed approaching the Turkish coast after turning back from Nicosia, Cyprus. "Hail Columbia" survived the Ploesti oil refinery raid, but crashed on landing after it's return to Cyprus and was abandoned. 1st Aug 43



  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...


  • 41-11825 - Hail Columbia - Little Chief Big Dog - Grumpy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Hail Columbia, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...


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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan - Carroll Stewart

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