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William H Brandon


Lt. William H. Brandon took part in Operation Tidal Wave, flying the B-24D Liberator, 41-23817, to Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 1943,

Aircraft, 42-63971, Helen Hywater, was damaged over Norway. Landed in Sweden. Interned. INT-SWE. 18 Nov 43.

Deputy Grp. Cmdr, A-3, 2nd Aiv Div . Retired from service in 1969

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  • Willie Weant

    Military | Captain | B-24 Co-pilot / Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt. Baxter Weant took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania, as co-pilot, flying the B-24 41-23788, 'Helen Hywater'. Returned to base. RTB. 1-Aug-43. ...

Units served with

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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


  • 41-23817 Suzy Q

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Suzy Q, flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost along with the 67th's plane,...

  • 42-63971 - Helen Hywater

    B-24 Liberator


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Nashville, Tennessee 24 July 1917
Interned 18 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
07 March 2022 10:26:03 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography

Removed punctuation from aircraft name for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

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17 January 2020 14:24:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations and aircraft associations

MACR 1377

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17 January 2020 14:22:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45