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Nelson R Collins


Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24121 'Let er Rip' 1-Aug-43 Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: DFC, PH.



  • Victor Olliffe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' 41-24121.

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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


  • 41-24121 'Let Er Rip'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - while withdrawing over the mountains of Macedonia collided in a cloud bank with B24 41-23717. Although the aircraft entered a dive the pilots managed to briefly recover before crashing in flames East of Brod. 4 gunners bailed out...


  • 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

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...


Event Location Date
Born Shelbyville, Indiana
Based Hardwick 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in action Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943
Buried 1946

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Italy
Plot D Row 9 Grave 40


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 14:25:06 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 14:27:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 11:20:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:31 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC MACR462 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia