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John D Wilson


Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Robert Mooney

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY with 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse'. A/C and crew interned Izmir, Turkey. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DSC, AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...


  • 42-40544 'Hitlers Hearse'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, landed near Izmir, Turkey, pilot Robert C Mooney, crew interned.


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Interned İzmir, Turkey 1 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 14:34:17 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, unit associations and place associations

Key Image ID

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15 November 2019 12:39:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 19:38:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 223