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Bernard Patrick Greeley


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.



  • Kenneth Caldwell

    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...

  • Jack Dieterle

    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...

  • Jack Wood

    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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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40629 - The Scorpion

    B-24 Liberator
    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...


  • 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

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Beverly, MA 26 December 1920

Son of Mary Theresa [Flanagan] Greeley.

Enlisted Boston, MA 6 June 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 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

Buried Hamilton Cemetery Hamilton, Essex County, MA 11 April 1945

Hamilton Cemetery
Hamilton, Essex County, Massachusetts


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19 September 2021 08:41:58 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography and person associations

Best Web - B-24 - 42-6071

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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

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27 September 2014 18:04:31 AAM AAM ingest

389th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia