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John E Powell

Military

3 November 1943 'The Captain & His Kids' B-24D #41-24112 had an accident upon landing.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi, Libya. He was rescued after crash landing and returned to duty.

Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #42-63963, Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

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

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24024 'Bewitching Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group for the 1st Aug, 43 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania. It was flown by 1st Lt Reginald L. Carpenters crew from the 67th Bomb Squadron. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was...

  • 42-63963 Round Trip Ticket

    B-24 Liberator
    Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Lewis E. Bagwell, POW Joppa, AL ...

  • 41-24112 'Bucksheesh Benny Rides Again'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash-landed Hethel 4-Nov-43, Cat5 damage, written off, pilot Lt John O Cadenhead Jr.

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 22 April 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 18:50:07 jmoore43 Changes to service number, events and place associations
Sources

Added POW Camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag Luft 3 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 18:47:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 14:00:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2017 14:44:09 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15859, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 218

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4290 / MACR 4290 & MACR 15859, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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