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John Robert Colvin

Military

Co pilot 41-24125, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Later on 9-Oct-43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Harold Kendall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Harold Kendall was assigned to the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron and flew missions from England until the 93rd was temporarily assigned to fly out of North Africa in support of the Allied forces in that theater. On February 25, 1943, B-24...

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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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40610 'Satan's Sister'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 41-24215 'Lucky' 'Dogpatch Raider'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #41-24215 'Lucky Gordon', sometimes called just 'Lucky', was originally an aircraft of the 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily. After returning to the ETO and further missions...

Missions

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, DC 23 September 1918

Son of Naomi Colvin.

Lived in Vallejo, California 1941
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 23 October 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF. TDY 9AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Interned (INT) 291 76 Rinkaby, Sweden 9 October 1943

9 Oct 43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

Discharged USAAF 17 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2021 17:40:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28608338
https://www.fold3.com/image/540915816
https://www.fold3.com/record/87023996/john-r-colvin-wwii-army-enlistment...

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 13:26:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 13:18:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se

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 / MACR 830 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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