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B-24D Liberator - #42-40738 - 'The Oklahoman' and Crew :
Standing L- R
S/Sgt. George "The Greek" Triantafillos - Tail Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. George B. "Doc" Farrell - Radio Operator, replaced Sgt. Flatter - T/Sgt. C. Lowell Vick - Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. Wiley C. Windham - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. Bernard H. Shelley - Ball Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. William L. Wilhelm - Left Waist Gunner
Kneeling L-R :
Lt. Robert C. "Bob" Schroeder - Bombardier - Lt. Eldon N. "Neil" Colby - Co-Pilot Neil got his own crew and was shot down in late December, 1943, shortly after this photo was taken. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW - Lt. John C. "Jack" Martin - Pilot - Lt. Walter J. "Stabo" Stabrowski - Navigator

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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 ...

  • George Farrell

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

  • John Martin

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

  • 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
08 April 2021 08:25:29 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'THE OKLAHOMAN'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 08:00:35 Kickapoo Changes to collection and caption
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'THE OKLAHOMAN'

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:30:22 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 17:35:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://home.comcast.net

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