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Richard J Comey

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23936.

On 20 Jan 1944, B-24H 41-29182 (an aircraft of the 93rd Bomb Group) overshot the runway on landing at Metfield on return from local training flight from Hardwick.

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    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...

  • 66th 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cambridge Mass

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 10:55:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

AccidentReports.com,;
8th AF Losses;
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 10:19:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart & Page 236 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998, D790.A2S45

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