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Thomas A Clifford

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229.

Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. After capture following a bail out, imprisoned as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • William Cameron

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Col. William R. Cameron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti bombing mission on 1 August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator #41-24229, named, Buzzin' Bear, and returned to base. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • Thomas Clifford

    Military | Flight Officer | B-24 Navigator/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 41-24229. ...

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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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24229 Buzzin' Bear - Seeds of Satan - Miss Delores

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24229, last named, Buzzin' Bear, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 67th Bomb Squadron in North Africa based at Benghazi Libya. Buzzin' Bear was flown by Col. William Roderick Cameron on Operation Tidal Wave...

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 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2020 09:29:49 Kickapoo Changes to role, person associations and unit associations
Sources

Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 12:30:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 109-112

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