B-24D - Copilot Lt. Ronald Lee Helder - Ole Kickapoo, Lt. Helder and his command pilot, Lloyd Hughes, were killed in action (KIA) at Campina, Romania, on Operation Tidal Wave as they flew through a wall of flames approaching their target refinery, setting their B-24 bomber on fire leading to crashing at the Prahova River Valley. Aug 1, 1943.
Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24D Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder was a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bombing Squadron in WWII. He flew as Co-pilot with his friend, Command Pilot Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, in the B-24D Lt. Helder called, Ole Kickapoo,...