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Richard Coleman Hurlburt

Military

Crew member 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

9-Oct-43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

Later shot down on Misburg mission (his 16th mission of his tour) 4-Nov-44 in B-24 42-109815 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10359

Awards: DFC, AM (3 OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Eldon Frobish

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Misburg in B-24 42-109815; Killed in Action (KIA) 4-Nov-44 MACR 10359 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Maplewood, New Jersey, USA 6 June 1920

Son of John L and Harriet C Hurlburt.

Enlisted Fort Dix, NJ 4 March 1942

Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya August 1943

409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Interned (INT) 291 76 Rinkaby, Sweden 9 October 1943

9-Oct-43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

Died Off Wilhelmshaven 4 November 1944

Shot down at Misburg, Germany on 4-Nov-44 in B-24J 42-109815 KIA. MACR 10359.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 18:59:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29248091
https://www.fold3.com/image/310758731
https://www.fold3.com/image/206776933
https://www.fold3.com/image/675506787
https://www.fold3.com/record/86109780/richard-c-hurlburt-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529874897/richard-c-hurlburt-american-battl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56300050/richard-c-hurlburt

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 14:22:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 14:13:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se

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

MACR 10359 / MACR 830 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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