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Oscar Ferkauff

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'.

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Award: DFC, AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Anderson

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  • Stanley Olson

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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

  • 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flown on the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti mission returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

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

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas City, Missouri 4 June 1916

Son of Isaac and Ethel [Greenberg] Ferkauff.

Nok: Brother - Mair Ferkauff.

Enlisted Fort Sam Houston, TX 8 May 1942

Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Based Shipdham 1943 – August 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Benina August 1943 – 1 October 1943

Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 1 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out POW North of Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 POW MACR 51251

Discharged USAAF 22 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Overland Park, KS 18 May 1984

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 19:29:23 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29437512
https://www.fold3.com/image/619771166
https://www.fold3.com/record/65142040-oscar-ferkauff
https://www.fold3.com/record/90305428-oscar-ferkauff
https://www.fold3.com/record/623955292-oscar-ferkauff-1916
https://www.geni.com/people/Oscar-Ferkauff/6000000043868772893
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/644340/oscar-ferkauff

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 15:38:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 21:18:18 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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