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Louis Norman Kase


Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo' 1-Aug-43; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 157

NOTE: Louis N. Kassowitz enlisted under the name Louis Norman Kase

Awards: DSC, AM, PH.



  • 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-24D Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40753

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40753, was a Consolidated B-24D bomber from the 389th Bombardment Group, of the 8th Air Force, and the 564th Bomb Squadron from England. It's Command Pilot on Operation Tidal Wave, was 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes, and his crew. They flew on...


  • 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

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia County, PA 1 December 1912

Son of Jacob and Anna [Brooks] Kassowitz.

Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 28 May 1942

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Ole Kickapoo' 42-40753

Buried Mount Jacob Cemetery Glenolden, Delaware County, PA 1948

Mount Jacob Cemetery
Glenolden, Delaware County, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2021 19:24:48 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 20:52:18 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events

Added S/N and real name per info on Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 45238387. Added events (Born & Burial) per info on Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 45238387.

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13 September 2019 19:37:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added spaces to "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2016 22:39:41 Rajordan Changes to middlename

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13 March 2015 09:30:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM Database.

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27 September 2014 18:19:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 157