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Lt. Harold Korger flew as navigator on the B-24D Liberator heavy bomber, SN # 41-11825, 'Hail Columbia", on the mission to Ploesti, Romania, "Operation Tidal Wave" - 'Hail Columbia' was named and piloted by Col. John Riley "Killer" Kane and Lt. John S. Young from Dallas Texas. Four extra .50 caliber fixed nose guns, visible in this photo, were added to the lower front nose for the Ploesti Mission for strafing the German flak guns ahead of the bomber, as they made their bombing run into the Romanian oil refinery area. 'Hail Columbia' and all the crew members, including Lt. Korger, survived the Ploesti mission with over 150 counted flak holes in the airplane, yet, with no life threatening injuries to any one on board. Knowing they could not return to their base at Benghazi, Libya, with their aircraft heavily damaged by German anti aircraft flak guns over their target, the Astra Romano Refinery complex, Col. Kane and his navigator, Lt. Norman Whalen, decided to try to fly south to the island of Cyprus, and crash landed in the dark, on the British air base at Nicosia, Cyprus, August 1, 1943. 'Hail Columbia' was wrecked and written off at Nicosia, Cyprus, August, 3,1943. The next day, as the men inspected their wrecked airplane that had carried them into a burning hell of a bombing mission, and brought them safely home, the men could see tears in the eyes of their, normally, stoic Commander, John "Killer" Kane.

Connections

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...

Aircraft

  • 41-11825 'Hail Columbia' 'Grumpy' 'Little Chief Big Dog'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 'Hail Columbia', # 41-11825, originally served in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was, first, the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...

Locations

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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Personal Archives - John S Young, Jr

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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associated content should be added to the AIRCRAFT and/or PERSON records.

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ----- Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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10 January 2021 18:06:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associated content should be added to the AIRCRAFT and/or PERSON records.

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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10 January 2021 16:30:31 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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15 December 2020 14:38:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associated content should be added to the AIRCRAFT and/or PERSON records.

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15 December 2020 10:45:24 Kickapoo Changes to collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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John S Young Jr - personal archives

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10 July 2019 10:17:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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07 July 2019 20:36:08 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- TogetherWeServed.com ---- FindAGrave.com ---- Personal Archives - John S. Young

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