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Missing Air Crew Report for B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-40781) and it's crew. Shot down on 1 August 1943 over Ploesti as part of Operation Tidal Wave.

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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Michael Doka

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781.

  • Earl Ferguson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Roy Harms

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • William Harth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. Harth’s name is recorded on the Tablet of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery. As of November 2017, the remains of William Harth have...

  • Arnold Holen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781 DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Winfield Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. ...

  • Jack Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781.

  • Ralph Richardson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • John Shufritz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Albert Stahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

Aircraft

  • 42-40781 'Hells Angels'

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by AA on the approach to target White IV, Ploesti, bomb bay area was set on fire. Large part of the left tail fin and rudder were shot away. The LWG and Engineer were severely wounded. The aircraft was seen banking to the right turning before the...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 15:40:53 Emily Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Image courtesy of Katherine Rasdorf, via AAM Correspondence

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