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Robert Eugene Felber

Military

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778 'Lady Luck'. 25 x combat missions. Moved up to Group Operations. ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Barcus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Staff Sargent John Raymond Barcus was a waist gunner on the B-24D SN #41-23778 - 'Lady Luck' Assigned to the 66th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force. He flew on the Ploesti raid as part of Lt. Felber's crew, on temporary...

  • Edward Carrol

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 6BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. On 4-Jan-44 B-24H 42-7476 'Nice N' Naughty'. Problems on T/O and A/C ran off end of runway and crashed in ditch. RTD 44 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Corrigan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. Completed 28 missions.

  • Claron Markham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Charles Titkemeyer

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. ETD. Transferred to 453BG as tactical advisor. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Samuel Wassner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Bob Felber crew. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Winchester

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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
  • Headquarters (44th Bomb Group)

Aircraft

  • 41-23778 'Lady Luck' - 'Jenny'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-23778 renamed 'Lady Luck' from 'Jenny' - Survived Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania, August 1, 1943. ...

  • 42-40973 'Battleaxe'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 #42-40973 "Battleaxe" 415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF, flew 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Charles A Sayler, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-99967 'Myrtle The Fertile Turtle'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 66BS, transferred to 67BS, transferred to 506BS all with 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down ?-Mar-44.

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Louis Park, Minneapoli, MN 4 January 1917

Son of John A and Flora M [Rue] Felber.

Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 24 February 1942

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Based Shipdham 1943 – June 1944

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred June 1944

Transferred to Group Op's.

Discharged 29 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Marriage Minneapolis, MN 7 September 1951

Married Leverne Nelson.

Died Sioux Falls, SD 28 June 1993
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, SD 31 June 1993

Woodlawn Cemetery
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2020 16:09:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140655846/robert-eugene-felber

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2020 15:17:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/617813327
https://www.fold3.com/record/62951837/social-security-death-index-robert...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84602589/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/626290264/u-s-department-of-veterans-affair...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140655846/robert-eugene-felber

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 17:59:40 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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