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Samuel Herman Wassner

Military

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.

Service

People

  • Robert Felber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 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 'Lady Luck'. 25 x combat missions. Moved up to Group Operations. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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

  • 41-23778 - Jenny - Lady Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23778, was, first, named, Jenny. when it was in the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bombing Squadron in Britain, in 1942. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force and sent to Benghazi, Libya...

  • 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.

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 Phoenix, AZ 8 May 1921

Son of Herman William and Gladys Ella [Pawley] Wassner.

Enlisted 7 March 1942

March Field Riverside California

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

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

Hospitalised April 1944

Hospitalised - Infection post tooth extraction.

Discharged USAAF 12 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Fallbrook, CA 1 April 1994
Buried Riverside National Cemetery Riverside, Riverside County, CA 5 April 1994

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, Riverside County, California
Section 31 Site 157

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2020 18:07:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/632016405
https://www.fold3.com/record/74562530/social-security-death-index-samuel...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84984598/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/711700960/u-s-veterans-gravesites-ca-1775-2...
https://www.fold3.com/record/704401116/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.44thbombgroup.org/home
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1298856/samuel-h-wassner

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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