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Robert Carleton Mooney

Military

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY with 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse'. A/C and crew interned Izmir, Turkey. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: DSC, AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Eber Ayers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Garrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Orville Garrett

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Landed in Izmir, Turkey, while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse', Interned (INT). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gerrits

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, landed his A/C in Izmir, Turkey despite his wounds, where he and the crew where interned. INT ...

  • Elvin Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Aaron Leibowitz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alex Lubin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Wounded in Action (WIA), Interned INT ...

  • Eugene Spencer

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT ...

  • Rockly Triantafellu

    Military | General | Lead Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Interned in Turkey, landed in Izmir, Turkey, while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544. ...

  • John Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40544 'Hitlers Hearse'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, landed near Izmir, Turkey, pilot Robert C Mooney, crew interned.

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 Omaha, Nebraska 14 October 1919

Son of Will Carleton and Ora Marie [Stoneburner] Mooney.

Enlisted Dallas, TX 27 September 1941

Dallas, Texas

Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died İzmir, Turkey 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse'. A/C and crew interned Izmir, Turkey. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Smyrna, Turkey 2 August 1943

Interred
Smyrna, Turkey

Buried Restland Memorial Park Dallas, Texas July 1948

Re-Interred
Restland Memorial Park
Dallas,
Dallas County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2021 11:09:05 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48830995/robert-carleton-mooney

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2021 10:25:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952957
https://www.fold3.com/image/319459108
https://www.fold3.com/record/84781614/robert-c-mooney-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48830995/robert-carleton-mooney

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2019 12:27:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group;
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48830995/robert-carleton-mooney

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 19:33:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR (9thAF), Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 223

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