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Stanley Fielding Olson

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201.

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 51251

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • J Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

  • Steve Bugyie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Oscar Ferkauff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer; Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • Walter Goodson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • Chester Hanson

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

  • Allie Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • Victor McMenamin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • Edgar Roberts

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

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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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

  • 41-24201 'Baldy and his Brood'

    B-24 Liberator
    Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

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...

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...

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Preston Idaho 7 October 1919

Son of Gustaf E Olson. Husband of Peggy P Olson.

Lived in Moscow, ID October 1940

Student of University of Idaho.

Enlisted Geiger Field, Spokane, WA 26 January 1942

Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington

Based Shipdham 1943 – September 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Benina September 1943 – 1 October 1943

Temporary Duty with 9th AF. Benina, Libya.

Died Wiener Neustadt Austria 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded. KIA MACR 15251

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Italy

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 1948

Memorialised
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
Section MF Site 41-8

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 10:53:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 08:55:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529871414-stanley-f-olson
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56365795/stanley-f-olson
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8773051/stanley-fielding-olson

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2020 16:38:54 44thTDO Changes to events
Sources

Documents in possession of son Terry Olson

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2020 16:26:37 44thTDO Changes to awards
Sources

Stan Olson's son Terry has custody of the awards.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 21:03:55 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 22 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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