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Richard Celcius Williamson

Military

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40364 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'; shot down near the Yugoslavia/Bulgaria border by enemy fighters during withdrawal from the target. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 165

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH

Service

People

  • James Gunn

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    ~ Capt. James A. Gunn, Jr, was Killed In Action (KIA) on the bombing mission over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in his B-24D, 42-40364. 1 Aug, 43. ...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 42-40364 The Pink Elephant - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    B-24 Liberator
    The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, who called themselves, "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. First named, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was the second B-24D, that was later renamed, "Snow White and...

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

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio 1921
Lived in Worcester, MA, USA 1941
Enlisted Worcester, MA 16 January 1941

Worcester, Massachusetts

Died Macedonia (FYROM) 1 August 1943
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 12 July 1949

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Grave 107, Section 15

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2021 17:07:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29417957
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763648
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49364976/richard-c-williamson

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:18:57 decwriter Changes to mission associations
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KIA during Operation Tidal Wave.

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:16:57 decwriter Changes to awards
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NARA file verified awards.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 18:13:19 RichWilly Changes to middlename
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I am his nephew, Richard A Williamson

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 18:01:51 RichWilly Changes to nickname
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I am his nephew, Richard A Williamson

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:38:22 decwriter Changes to events
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Updated biography information.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:49:33 decwriter Changes to highest rank
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Rank on MACR.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:48:26 decwriter Changes to service number
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ASN on MACR.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 12:04:34 decwriter Changes to awards
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Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2018 11:44:46 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Re-checked MACR 165: https://www.fold3.com/image/1/29417957
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49364976/richard-c-williamson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 165

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