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The B-24D Liberator nicknamed, Suzy Q, in the 8th Air force and the 44th Bomb Group, in flight during the raid over Ploesti. Printed caption on reverse: "For his leadership of the 44th Bomb Group on the Ploesti mission, Gen. Leon Johnson was awarded his country's highest decoration, the Medal Of Honor. He sat in the co-pilot's seat of, Suzy Q, here depicted on the return flight. This, believed to be the only photograph of that famous bomber actually taken during the mission. It was snapped through the oil smeared windscreen of the B-24D, Buzzin' Bear, the only other remaining aircraft of that formation.

IWM catalogue record

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A B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Suzy Q" of the 44th Bomb Group, in flight during the raid over Ploesti. Printed caption on reverse: 'For his leadership of the 44th B.G. on the Ploesti mission, Gen. Leon Johnson was awarded his country's highest decoration. He sat in the co-pilot's seat of Suzy Q here depicted on the return flight. This, believed to be the only photograph of the famous bomber actually taken during the mission, was snapped through the oil smeared windscreen of Buzzin' Bear, only other remaining aircraft of that particular formation.'

Connections

Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    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...

People

  • William Cameron

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot
    Col. William R. Cameron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti bombing mission on 1 August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator #41-24229, named, Buzzin' Bear, and returned to base. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • Leon Johnson

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer
    Col. Leon Johnson provided superior leadership during Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23817, named, Suzy Q. 1 August 1943. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-24229 Buzzin' Bear - Seeds of Satan - Miss Delores

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24229, last named, Buzzin' Bear, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 67th Bomb Squadron in North Africa based at Benghazi Libya. Buzzin' Bear was flown by Col. William Roderick Cameron on Operation Tidal Wave...

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
01 September 2021 10:55:13 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

Aircraft names. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2021 08:22:01 Kickapoo Changes to caption
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'Buzzin' Bear' - 'Suzy Q'

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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