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John Raymond Barcus

Military

Staff Sargent John Raymond Barcus was a waist gunner on the B-24D SN #41-23778 - 'Lady Luck' Assigned to the 66th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force. He flew on the Ploesti raid as part of Lt. Felber's crew, on temporary deployment, TDY, to the 9th Air Force. The B-24 'Lady Luck' and SSgt. Barcus returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. He was was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his participation in the mission. August 1, 1943.
'Lady Luck' was shot down over Foggia, Italy 16 August, 1943.

Service

People

  • Robert Felber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778 'Lady Luck'. 25 x combat missions. Moved up to Group Operations. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ronald Helder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24D Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder was a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bombing Squadron in WWII. He flew as Co-pilot with his friend, Command Pilot Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, in the B-24D Lt. Helder called, 'Ole Kickapoo',...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23778 'Lady Luck' - 'Jenny'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-23778 renamed 'Lady Luck' from 'Jenny' - Survived Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania, August 1, 1943. ...

  • 42-99967 'Myrtle The Fertile Turtle'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 66BS, transferred to 67BS, transferred to 506BS all with 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down ?-Mar-44.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Saint Charles, IL, USA 15 March 1921

Son of Raymond Merle and Marjorie [McMasters] Barcus.

Lived in West Chicago, IL, USA 1942

West Chicago, Illinois.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 20 August 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Tidal wave survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew Ploesti raid on 1-Aug 43 as part of Felber crew, B24 41-23778 'Lady Luck' TDY 9th AF, returned safely to Libya.

Hospitalised September 1944

Hospitalised, gasoline burns.

Died Hines Va Hospital: Leehey David MD, 2100 S 5th Ave # 111L, Hines, IL 60141, USA 18 February 2006

Hines VA Hospital, Maywood, IL, USA.

Buried North Cemetery, Saint Charles, Kane County, IL 21 February 2006

North Cemetery, Saint Charles, Kane County,
Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 00:41:58 Kickapoo Changes to biography
Sources

The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 00:37:24 Kickapoo Changes to biography
Sources

The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2020 13:52:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/96177805
https://www.fold3.com/image/653309016
https://www.fold3.com/record/41405888/social-security-death-index-john-r...
https://www.fold3.com/record/89697426/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/705975076/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/705975075/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/59896651/john-raymond-barcus

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 15:34:16 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 18:15:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart

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