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B-24D Liberator, SN # 42-40738, 'The Oklahoman', in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, and crew, flew on the Ploesti raid. Aug 1, 1943.

Standing (L-R)
Lt. Robert C. Schroeder - Bombardier
Major Tom Conroy - 566th Squadron C/O
Lt. Walter J. Stabrowski - Navigator
Tech/Sgt. C. Lowell Vick - Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
566th's Flight Surgeon
S/Sgt. Wiley C. Windham - Right Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. William L. Wilhem - Left Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Gus Triantaffillos - Tail Turret Gunner (replaced the original Tail Turret Gunner, Albert Bailey, who was shot down over Ploesti with Lt. Neef's crew)
Lt. Eldon N. Colby - Co-Pilot - standing third from left with big smile !
Lt. John C. Martin - Pilot
Ground Crewman

Kneeling (L-R) :-
Bernard H. Shelly - Ball Turret Gunner,
S/Sgt. Flatter - Radio Operator;
? - Ground Crewman,;
? - Ground Crewman

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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Eldon Colby

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    1st. Lt. Eldon Neil Colby flew the B-24D, 'TOUCH OF TEXAS' - 8th AF - 389th BG - 566th BS, on his first mission as a Pilot, after being the CoPilot on his original aircraft 'THE OKLAHOMAN' - # 42-40738. He was flying alongside 'THE OKLAHOMAN' in ...

  • Thomas Conroy

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Assistant Bomber Controller
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. SS/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PUC

  • Samuel Flatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilhite crew. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • John Martin

    Military | Captain
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40623.

  • Harley Mason

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    ...

  • Bernard Shelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Walter Stabrowski

    Military | Lieutenant

  • George Triantafillos

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Lowell Vick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40775.

  • Wiley Windham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Involved in a mid-air collision with a UC-78 while returning from an operational mission on 15 Mar 1944, B-24J 42-100351 was able to land at Hethel. RTD.

Aircraft

  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 19:55:56 Kickapoo Changes to collection, caption and person associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24D - 'THE OKLAHOMAN'

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:29:40 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
Sources

http://home.comcast.net/~skyscorpions/389_ploesti.htm

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 17:30:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://home.comcast.net

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