TSgt. Bernard Patrick Greeley was a B-24 Radio Operator assigned to to the 565th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the Ploesti oil refineries flying the B-24D, 42-40629, and returned safely to base (RTB). 1 Aug 43.
Sgt. Greeley was killed on a training flight of the, TB-17F, 42-6071, out of McCook AFB. Died Non Battle (DNB). 10-Apr-45
Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), GC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Major | B-24D Co-Pilot - Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell from the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti with Col. Jack W. Wood, observing, on 1-Aug-43, flying the B-24D, 42-40629, named, THE...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, Major Jack Deiterle's 566th Bomb Squadron in the 389th Bomb Group, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. Dieterle was a command pilot on the B-24D, The Little...
Military | Major General | Chief of the British-American Air Component, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces Mission to Franc | 389th Bomb Group
Born in Fairbault, Minn., in 1907, we won his wings by 1929. He rose swiftly through the ranks achieving the rank of Colonel and took command of the 20th Combat Bomb Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The following November he was named executive of the...
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Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
The B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, The Scorpion, in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...
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...
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...
||26 December 1920
Son of Mary Theresa [Flanagan] Greeley.
||6 June 1942
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.
||NW of Maywood, NE
||10 April 1945
Killed on training flight of TB-17F 42-6071 out of McCook AFB Died Non Battle (DNB), NW of Maywood, Nebraska
Hamilton, Essex County, MA
||11 April 1945
Hamilton, Essex County, Massachusetts