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John Franklin King


Joined Sqd 6/17/43.
DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40731.

Returned to base 8/26/43.
DS/Tunis 9/16/43.
Returned to base via ATC 10/8/43.
Caterpillar Club 10/6/43.
Trans/Headquarters 3/21/44.
Trans/67 BS 7/15/44.
Completed tour 11/44.
Pilot: Martin.


Units served with



  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Santa Rosa, California


Date Contributor Update
18 April 2020 10:46:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 306