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Leighton C Smith

Military

1stLt. Leighton Smith was the command pilot of, 41-24229, Buzzin' Bear, shot down by fighters over the Foggia enemy airfields, under TDY to the 9th Air Force in, 41-24229, Buzzin' Bear. Following a successful bail out, although he was burned by his flaming B-24D, Buzzin' Bear, Lt. Smith was captured and turned over to the Germans. POW. 16 Oct 1943.

Service

People

  • William Cameron

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Col. William R. Cameron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti bombing mission on 1 August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator #41-24229, named, Buzzin' Bear, and returned to base. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • Gola Gibby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    SSgt. Gola G. Gibby took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, as engineer and top turret gunner on the B-24, 41-24229, named, Buzzin' Bear. 1-Aug-43. ...

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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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24229 Buzzin' Bear - Seeds of Satan - Miss Delores

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24229, last named, Buzzin' Bear, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 67th Bomb Squadron in North Africa based at Benghazi Libya. Buzzin' Bear was flown by Col. William Roderick Cameron on Operation Tidal Wave...

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

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 12:02:09 Kickapoo Changes to biography, person associations and place associations
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Associations, spelling. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 11:48:51 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24229 - Buzzin' Bear

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 11:38:30 Kickapoo Changes to role, awards, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24229 - Buzzin' Bear

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 109-112, MACR 15858, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 235; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 21 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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