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John F Irwin

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23817.

Killed in Action (KIA) 1 Oct 1943. While on TDY to 9thAF October 1, 1943, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, a/c 42-41017 was attacked by fighters over the target. 2 engines were on fire when the B-24 exploded and crashed. 5 were Prisoner of War (POW)s as the other crew members were killed in action.

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23817 'Suzy Q'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'Suzy Q', flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost on Aug 16, 1943 on a...

  • 42-41017

    B-24 Liberator

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Albion, Nebraska
Killed in action 1 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 14:52:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 13:23:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Webb Todd

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Dugan & Stewart 'Ploesti', MACR 15559,44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 129-130, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 298

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