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Joseph B Spivey Jr

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24153 'Sad Sack II'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Ploesti raid 1st Aug 43, pilot 1st Lt Henry A Lasco Jr. A/C lost as a result of AA, small arms fire and enemy fighters and belly landed with 5 crew members killed. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas Wood, was killed by ground fire before...

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

  • 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 Windsor S C
Died 1 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 10:32:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2414, , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 219, NARA

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