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Oliver Reed Germann

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201.

On 16-Aug-43, landed in Malta in B-24 'Baldy and His Brood' 41-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot Strong headed to Malta knowing the British hospital could tend to his wounded men. According to Lundy, Germann shot down one ME109 and was wounded. Although wounded, he stayed with his guns and shot down another ME109.

Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Strong

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24201 'Baldy and his Brood'

    B-24 Liberator
    Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

Missions

  • 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

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jackson, WY, USA 24 October 1918

Son of Walter John and Pearl [Thacker] Germann.

Lived in Sheridan County, WY, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Francis Warren, Cheyenne, WY 13 December 1941

Fort Francis Warren, Cheyenne, Wyoming

44th Bomb Group Combat Tour - England Shipdham, UK 28 March 1943 – 17 May 1943

8 combat missions

44th BG Combat Tour - North Africa Baninah, Libya 5 July 1943 – 16 August 1943

11 Combat Missions

WIA Foggia, Province of Foggia, Italy 16 August 1943

Wounded in Action (WIA)

Died Bozeman, MT 29 December 2018
Buried Willow Grove Cemetery Buffalo, Johnson County, WY January 2019

Willow Grove Cemetery
Buffalo, Johnson County, Wyoming

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 10:26:41 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/599189964
https://www.fold3.com/record/701640694/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/704306273/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/704306272/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/195788973/oliver-reed-germann

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 11:10:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 02:05:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected the A/C S/N in the "Summary biography" - changed '"42-" to "41-".

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2018 22:51:49 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number and events
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1330674
https://www.ancestry.com/search/?name=Oliver+R_Germann&event=_Wyoming&bi...
http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/missions_flown_by.asp?perIdenti...

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2018 18:32:59 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart, 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp.120-121 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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