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Philip G Bedwell

Military

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43.

'Jerks Natural' was damaged over Austria on mission to Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on 1-Oct-43. KIA. MACR 3301.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

Service

People

  • William Stein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Pilot of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ...

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23711 'Jerks Natural'

    B-24 Liberator
    Although the B-24D Liberator, SN #41-23771, named, 'Jerk's Natural', was part of the 8th Air Force based in Britain, the the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, it spent time on detached service to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, hence the...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marion, Grant County, IN 15 December 1919

Son of Grant H and Eva L [Keene] Bedwell.

Lived in Marion, Indiana 1941
Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 7 April 1942

Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana

Based Hardwick 1943 – 1 October 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43.

Died Yugoslavia 1 October 1943

'Jerks Natural' was damaged over Austria on mission to Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on 1-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3301.

Buried Grant Memorial Park Marion, Grant County, IN 1948

Memorialised
Grant Memorial Park
Marion, Grant County, Indiana

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay St. Louis County MO 13 March 1950

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2021 18:15:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762971
https://www.fold3.com/image/651777583
https://www.fold3.com/record/84191734/philip-g-bedwell-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/708566803/bedwell-philip-g-u-s-veterans-gra...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/123832432/philip-g-bedwell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15152506/philip-g.-bedwell

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 10:12:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 18:08:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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