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B-24 Liberator #41-23729 'Shoot Luke' and crew, A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, having to abort . Photo taken on April 12,1943 at Hardwick, Norfolk, England.
Crew in photo, L-R:
1st Lt. John Murphy, San Diego, CA, 1st Lt. Archie Rantala, Brule, WI, 2nd Lt. Edmond F. Janic, Milwaukee, WI
2nd Lt. George G. Black, Monterey, CA, T/Sgt. Floyd H. Mabee, Lafayette, NJ, T/Sgt. William D. Mercer, Zanesville, OH
S/Sgt. Adam J. Hastak, New Orleans, LA, S/Sgt. George W. Foster, Akron, OH, S/Sgt. James D. Cowan, Boston, MA
S/Sgt. Mahlon D. Cressey, Biddeford, ME

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Black

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure.

  • James Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • Mahlon Cressey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • George Foster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure.

  • Adam Hastak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure.

  • Edmund Janic

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Floyd Mabee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • William Mercer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. Killed in aircraft crash, Langley Field, Virginia Awards: AM, PH (OLC), EAME.

  • John Murphy

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Archibald Rantala

    Military | First Lieutenant
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 41-23729 'Shoot Luke'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF, Benghazi. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort. ...

Locations

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 18:49:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

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