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Bedford Bilby


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

3 November 1943 'The Captain & His Kids' B24D 41-24112 had an accident upon landing.



  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...


  • 42-40747 'Heavy Date'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40747 'Heavy Date' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew Ploesti oil refinery raid on 1st August 4, 3piloted by William M Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. On 7 January 44, its assigned target was the Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany,...

  • 41-24112 'Bucksheesh Benny Rides Again'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash-landed Hethel 4-Nov-43, Cat5 damage, written off, pilot Lt John O Cadenhead Jr.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, Nebraska


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 15:37:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History & Unit history /self & MACR 5496 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 208, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 357