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B-24D - Lt. Russell W. Polivka, photo left, navigator, and SSgt. Eugene R. Garner, gunner, on the right. Both escaped the fatal crash of the B-24D, KICKAPOO, badly burned but recovered. This was the first crash and casualties of the Ploesti mission. The B-24D, KICKAPOO was Lt. John S. Young's regular airplane until the mission to Ploesti when he and his crew were reassigned to fly with Col. John Kane and his lead B-24D, HAIL COLUMBIA. KICKAPOO crashed in flames on takeoff for the Ploesti mission at Lete Air Base, Benghazi, Libya, killing the entire replacement crew, except Lt. Russell W. Polivka, navigator, and SSgt. Eugene R. Garner, one of the gunners, both badly burned by the flames of the burning aircraft. Aug 1 1943

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  • Eugene Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member SSgt. Eugene Robert Garner flew on Operation Tidal wave and was one of two survivors of the crash of the B-24D, KICKAPOO, on takeoff for the Ploesti mission. He was assigned as part of a replacement crew for the B-24D, KICKAPOO, from the...

  • Russell Polivka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Lt. Russell W. Polivka was a navigator, and part of the replacement crew assigned to the B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, KICKAPOO, of 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, for Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania. Flown by...

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26 July 2021 10:07:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associations to be made in the PEOPLE records.

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26 July 2021 06:56:02 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Word changes for accuracy and clarity - Kickapoo

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25 July 2021 23:11:23 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - KICKAPOO

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17 June 2021 18:40:54 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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17 June 2021 18:35:04 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ------ The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart Best Web - B-24 - 'KICKAPOO'

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17 June 2021 18:24:20 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption and aircraft associations
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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