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Brig Gen Edward J. "Ted" Timberlake poses with medal recipients.
Left to Right : Brig. Gen. Edward Timberlake, Capt. Thomas C. Conroy, and Lt.Tocleson.
Capt. Conroy from the 566th Bomb Squadron, and the 389th Bomb Group, was the pilot of the B-24D - #42-40738 - "The Oklahoman" on the low level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. He was forced to divert to Malta due to low fuel and damage. August 1, 1943



  • 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

    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

    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...


  • 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

  • Edward Timberlake

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General
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  • 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,...


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08 April 2021 08:14:37 Kickapoo Changes to caption

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