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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. 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...


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