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Loren J Koon


Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Ralph Cummings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted January 1942, trained at Roswell, NM. Assigned to 330BS,93BG,8thAF USAAF. Bombardier for Utah Man for Operation Tidal Wave. He dropped the first bombs on a Ploesti target. Failed to return (FTR) from Bremen, attacked en-route to target 13-Nov...

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24226 - Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, Joisey Bounce, was assigned to Pilot Lt. Walter Travis Stewart of the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, for the large mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed his...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Spartanburg, South Carolina
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 13 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 14:30:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database