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Consolidated B-24D Liberator, #41-11779, 'Li'l Abner' - Centre ship - 9th Air force - 376th Bomb Group - 513th Bomb Squadron. 'Lil Abner' was a veteran of the Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Hubert H Whitlock. It returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. Aug 1, 1943. Lost - destroyed on Mission 203 at Augsburg, Germany. On returning from the mission, the aircraft crash landed at it's home base. - Pilot E. D. Thurman. Dec 19, 1943.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-11779 'Lil Abner'

    B-24 Liberator
    The Consolidated B-24D Liberator bomber, #41-11779, named, 'Li'l Abner', was transferred from the 98th Bomb Group to the 376th Bomb Group, and the 513th Bomb Squadron, staying in the 9th Air Force. It flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of August 1,1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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