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Liberator B-24D, 4240172, Lynn Bari II, in the 506th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, "The Flying 8 Balls", in the 8th Air Force, TDY to the 9th Air Force. Flown on the low level Ploesti mission by the crew in the photo, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 1943.

Rear - L to R : SSgt. George E Hartney - Lt. Ronald S. Allen - Capt William N Anderson - Lt. Stanley F. Olson - Lt. Charles M. Shaw - Cpl. Victor A. McMenamin.

Front - L to R : Cpl. Clifford C. Hurst - SSgt Oscar Ferkauff - TSgt. Walter N. Goodson - Sgt. J. R. Bell - SSgt. Allie T. Hearne Jr.

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Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron
  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Command Pilot
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • J Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

  • Oscar Ferkauff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer; Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • Walter Goodson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • George Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allie Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • Clifford Hurst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Fatal crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Victor McMenamin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Top Turret Gunner
    SSgt. Victor A. McMenamin was assigned to the 506th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. Later, he was attached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in North Africa. He took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing...

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-40172 - Lynn Bari II

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40172, Lynn Bari II, was flown on the low level Ploesti mission, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2022 14:53:58 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

Removed punctuation from aircraft name for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 20:56:27 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/32145744?terms=william%20n%20anderson

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 21:02:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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