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William Homer Strong

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201.

On 16-Aug-43, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' 41-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot Strong headed to Malta knowing the British hospital could tend to his wounded men.

Awards: SS, DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Lonnie Ackerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Lyle Davenport

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' A/C #41-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

  • Thomas Flaherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Lemuel Fleming

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Lloyd Fretwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Oliver Germann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Vernon Haas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 596BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. On 16-Aug-43, landed in Malta in B-24 41-24201 'Baldy and His Brood' on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AF. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at...

  • Edgar Hamel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS,44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

  • Clarence Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201. ...

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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

  • 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. 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

  • 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 Oklahoma City, OK 12 March 1915

Son of Albert E and Lillie Dena [Crane] Strong.

Enlisted 7 August 1941
Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

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

Discharged USAAF 6 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Wimberley, Hays County, TX 10 July 1995
Buried Wimberley Cemetery Wimberley, Hays County, TX 13 July 1995

Wimberley Cemetery
Wimberley,
Hays County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 12:40:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/538810430
https://www.fold3.com/record/624855100/william-strong-1915-veterans-affa...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28010347/william-homer-strong
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 10:50:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 02:00:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected the A/C S/N in the "Summary biography" - changed '"42-" to "41-".

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2018 18:17:22 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHAU43.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp.120-121 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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