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James Theophilus Posey Sr


Commanding Officer 44th Bomb Group from 3-September 1943 to 3-December 1943 while serving TDY with the 9th Air Force at Oudna, Tunisia.

1 August 1943, led Blue Target formation to Ploesti where they inflicted severe damage on the oil refineries.


Units served with


  • 41-23813 Victory Ship

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Victory Ship, 41-23813, was assigned to the 8th Air force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on 1 August...


  • 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...


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12 February 2020 14:44:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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10 October 2017 02:45:55 archeoluvr Changes to middlename, suffix, awards and aircraft associations

West Point

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10 November 2014 23:04:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, role and biography

Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014.

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27 September 2014 18:14:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 22 (photo)