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B-24 Liberator, 41-23729, "Shoot Luke", and crew. A/C flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission. Aborted. - Photo taken at Hardwick, Norfolk, England, on April 12,1943
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
    George G. Black took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator, serial number 41-23729. He aborted the mission over the Mediterranean Sea, due to his No. 4 engine failure. 1 Aug 1943.

  • 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
    The B-24D, 41-23729, named, Shoot Luke, was assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, temporarily deployed (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, Benghazi, Libya. Lt. George G. Black flew Shoot Luke on the Ploesti oil...

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
18 August 2021 07:58:48 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 18:49:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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