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Russell Doran De Mont

Military

In WWII, Lt. Russell DeMont was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bomb Squadron in Benghazi, Libya. Pilot Lt. Russell D. Demont and Copilot Lt. Robert C. Murray flew the B-24 Liberator bomber, the 'Valient Virgin' on Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in the "B" formation, position 2-2 and returned safely to Libya. August 1, 1943.

Lt. DeMont finished war flying P-51 Fighters in the 9th Air force, the 84th Fighter Wing, and the 405th fighter Squadron. After the war he was assigned to the United States Air Force at the Headquarters of the 84th Fighter Wing. His final rank in the Air Force was Lt. Col. Russell DeMonte died July 7, 1996.

Service

People

  • Bernard Coburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1-Aug-43 (at 38 he was one of the oldest gunners in the AAF). ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 battle stars).

  • Julius Erdely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 84th Fighter Wing
  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy ("D-Day") through...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40765 'Valient Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-95-CO - #42-40765 delivered Tucson. May, 1943. Allocated to 8th AF (UGLY). Assigned to 93rd BG, 329th BS. ...

  • 42-72869 'U Name it Peg' 'Bear Down'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Became the 2nd formation ship of 93rd BG.

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

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toledo, OH 11 August 1918

Son of Mrs Louis W Kern.

Enlisted 4 April 1941
Died Litchfield Park, AZ 7 July 1996
Buried 18 October 1996

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 11:55:47 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28614904
https://www.fold3.com/image/539671761
https://www.fold3.com/record/71145046/russell-d-de-mont-social-security-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/90162775/russell-d-de-mont-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/716757827/de-mont-russell-d-u-s-veterans-gr...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/566698/russell-d-de_mont

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 06:29:41 Kickapoo Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Tucson, AZ - WWII - USAF - Col. Russell D. DeMont

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 06:18:28 Kickapoo Changes to awards
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Tucson, AZ - WWII - USAF - Col. Russell D. DeMont

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 06:16:17 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Tucson, AZ - WWII - USAF - Col. Russell D. DeMont

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 05:47:50 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Tucson, AZ, - WWII USAF - Col. Russell D. DeMont

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2019 13:18:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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