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Louis Norman Kase

Military

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.

Service

People

  • 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...

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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

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo'

    B-24 Liberator
    #42-40753 - B-24D 'OLE KICKAPOO' - A Consolidated B-24D bomber from the 389th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force, and the 564th Bomb Squadron from England, with it's Command Pilot, 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes, and his crew, who flew on "Operation Tidal...

Missions

  • 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...

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...

Events

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

Revisions

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

https://www.fold3.com/image/29417814
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763977
https://www.fold3.com/image/544675226
https://www.fold3.com/record/86756774/louis-n-kase-wwii-army-enlistment-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45238387/louis-norman-kassowitz

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

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.

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 19:37:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added spaces to "Summary biography" for readability.

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

Grave marker: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45238387

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

AAM Database.

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

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

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