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Reginald L Carpenter


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi,Libya.

On October 1, 1943, on mission to Weiner Neustadt, 42-41017 was attacked by fighters over the target. 2 engines were on fire when the B-24 exploded and crashed. 5 were Prisoner of War (POW)s as the other crew members were killed in action.

Both incidents occurred while on TDY to 9th AF.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24024 'Bewitching Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group for the 1st Aug, 43 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania. It was flown by 1st Lt Reginald L. Carpenters crew from the 67th Bomb Squadron. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was...

  • 42-41017

    B-24 Liberator


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Ferndale, Michigan


Date Contributor Update
10 November 2020 14:15:59 decwriter Changes to service number and awards

Lt Carpenter received the Distinguished Service Cross for the 1 August 1943 low level raid on Ploesti. NARA files verified his ASN upon entry, DSC and Air Medal w/1 OLC. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery and his headstone denotes a Purple Heart along with the DSC and AM w/1 OLC.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 13:54:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15859, MACR 15559 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 129-130, pp. 95-96, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 298, 218; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 20, 22