Skip to main content

B-24 Liberator #4124201 'Baldy and his Brood' of the 506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya.
(**** There may be an error here. It is not evident that this aircraft is 41-24201. This is not the crew who flew in 41-24201 on the Ploesti raid according to the SORTIE REPORT).

Kneeling (L-R):
S/Sgt. Lemuel B Fleming - L Waist Gun,
2nd Lt. William H Strong - Pilot,
2nd Lt. Lyle S. Davenport - CoPilot
2nd Lt. Thomas A. Flaherty - Bombardier,
2nd Lt. David E. McCash - Navigator
Standing (L-R):
S/Sgt. Warren E. Morrison - Tail Gun,
Sgt. Oliver R. Germann - Belly Gun,
T/Sgt. Clarence W. Nelson - Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Elwood W. Harbison,Jr. - Right Waist Gun,
T/Sgt. Edgar O. Hamel - Engineer/Top Turret Gun

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lyle Davenport

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' A/C #41-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

  • Thomas Flaherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Lemuel Fleming

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Oliver Germann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Edgar Hamel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS,44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Elwood Harbison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943 in B-24 Liberator 41-24282.

  • David McCash

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-24283.

  • Warren Morrison

    Military

  • Clarence Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • William Strong

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-24201 'Baldy and his Brood'

    B-24 Liberator
    Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 11:59:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 13:43:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

Share