Col. John R. Kane was the group leader and command pilot of the B-24D he named, Hail Columbia, named by Kane for Columbia University, with his copilot, Lt. John S. Young, on the mission to bomb Ploesti, Romania. Col. Kane was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor for his leadership and courage during the Ploesti mission, Operation Tidal Wave. John Kane flew as Group Leader for his 98th Bomb Group, Col. Leon Johnson's 44th Bombing Group, and Col. Jack Wood's 389th Bomb Group, all of whom attacked and bombed their assigned targets. at Ploesti, including their target, code named, White IV, the Astra Romano Refinery complex. Lt. Young was awarded the Silver Star and an Oak Leaf Cluster for his Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the Ploesti mission. 1 August, 1943.
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...
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
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...
Military | Colonel | B-24 Bomb Group Commanding Officer / B-24 Command Pilot
John Riley Kane was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and, later, in the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, in World War II, for his leadership, courage, and...