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Melvin E Neef


Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115.



  • Albert Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Romania in B-24 42-40115 'Boomerang' 1-Aug-43; crash landed Romania. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 159 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Dieterle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, his squadron, the 566ᵀᴴ BS of the 389ᵀᴴ BG, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. ...

  • Robert Horton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to the 9th AF during the Ploesti Raid, flying the B-24, 'Sand-witch' (42-40735).

  • William Yeager

    Military | Major | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 389th Bomb Group
    William Yeager was the Commanding Officer of the 567th BS, 389th BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill William Yeager was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th Air Force for Ploesti raid (Operation 'Tidal Wave') on 1-Aug-43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115....

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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...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...


  • 42-40115 'Boomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Melvin E Neef, MACR 159.


  • 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...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War [POW] 1 August 1943
Lived in Houstonia, Mo.


Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 14:42:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 22:06:37 Dieterle Changes to place associations

Richard Dieterle.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 09:31:56 Michelbe Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 13:14:52 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 159