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The B-24D - Hail Columbia, after the Ploesti mission and crash Landing at Nicosia, Cyprus - Aug 1, 1943. From left : Lt. Harry Korger/ Bombardier - Lt. Norman Whalen Navigator/Nose Gunner - Kneeling, second from right, 1st Lt. Raymond Hubbard/ Radio Operator/ Gunner, SSgt. Harvey Treace/Gunner, TSgt Clarence Weckesser/ Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner, SSgt. Neville Benson/Waist Gunner, SSgt. Joseph LaBranch/ Gunner, SSgt. Frederick Leard/Waist Gunner . This photo taken the next morning after the Ploesti mission. Monday August 2nd, 1943.

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...

People

  • Neville Benson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner
    SSgt. Neville C. Bensen took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. He was a waist gunner in the Element Lead B-24D Liberator, 41-11825, Hail Columbia, piloted by Col. John R. "Killer" Kane and Lt. John S. Young. He...

  • Raymond Hubbard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radio Operator
    Lt. Raymond B. Hubbard was assigned to the 9th Air force, the 98th Bombardment Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron in Libya, North Africa, 1943. He flew in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying as a Waist Gunner and Radio...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Harold Francis Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, based in Benghazi, Libya. He flew on the B-24D, Hail Columbia, with Group Leader Col. John R. Kane, on the famous mission,...

  • Joseph LaBranche

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-11825, Hail Columbia. 1 Aug 1943.

  • Frederick Leard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Technical Sgt. Frederick A. Leard was a waist gunner assigned to the Element Lead B-24D Liberator bomber, named 'Hail Columbia', SN # 41-11825, flown by Col. John R. "Killer" Kane and Lt. John S. Young on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to...

  • Harvey Treace

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
    SSgt Harvey L. Treace - Born Dec 19,1918 - ...

  • Clarence Weckesser

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-24D Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    SSgt. Clarence Weckesser was the flight engineer and top turret gunner on the B-24D, named, Kickapoo, in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, called "The Pyramiders", and the 344th Bomb Squadron out of Benghazi, Libya, in 1942 and 1943. He flew on,...

  • Norman Whalen

    Military | Major | Navigator / Nose Gunner
    Norman Mathew Whalen joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. After graduating from Navigator School in Monroe, Louisiana, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing...

Aircraft

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

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

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Locations

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 04:03:00 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations
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Black Sunday - Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2021 09:50:28 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Word change. - Kickapoo

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18 March 2021 13:36:00 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 12:38:10 Kickapoo Changes to caption and person associations
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The Great Ground -Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 11:34:48 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 11:33:48 Kickapoo Changes to caption and person associations
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 10:51:53 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2021 11:34:21 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2020 11:31:19 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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personal archives - John S Young Jr

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 14:38:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associated content should be added to the AIRCRAFT and/or PERSON records.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 10:38:25 Kickapoo Changes to collection and caption
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John S Young Jr - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2019 20:14:46 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person 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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