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B-24D, Kickapoo, crash at Lete Airfield - Aug 1, 1943 - Pilots Lt. Robert Nespor, Lt. John C. Riley, and all but two other crewmen were killed in action KIA when the airplane crashed and burned on takeoff. Aircraft lost. Crashed on takeoff for the Ploesti mission. Number 4 engine failure. - 8 KIA / 2 WIA. 1 Aug 43.

Connections

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 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

  • 41-11768 - Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was Lt. John S. Young's regularly assigned B-24D, after his 98th Bombardment Group moved out of Egypt, to the air bases at Benghazi, Libya. John Young was from Dallas, Texas, like so many of the men...

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
21 December 2021 01:36:36 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 22:23:43 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

Aircraft name capitals and punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 14:49:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to person 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 09:50:25 Kickapoo Changes to collection and person associations
Sources

John S Young Jr - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 01:07:58 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

John S Young Jr -- personal archives

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 13:46:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Removed associated person - not depicted in the image.

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 11:18:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Removed associations not depicted in image.

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2019 20:21:37 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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