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Marvin R Mendlesohn


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787.

Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-40787 'Vagabond King. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action.



  • John McCormick

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40787 'Vagabond King'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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  • 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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40787 "Vagabond King"

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #42-40787 "Vagabond King" was in the 565th Bombing Squadron, the 389th Bombing Group, the 8th Air Force. It flew on 1st Aug, 1943 on Operation Tidal Wave, to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, piloted by John B McCormick....


  • 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 Far Rockaway, New York, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 18 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 11:40:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2885 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database