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William R Brady Jr


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23817.

While on TDY to 9thAF October 1, 1943, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, A/C #42-41017 was attacked by fighters over the target. 2 engines were on fire when the B-24 exploded and crashed. 5 were Prisoner of War (POW)s as the other crew members were killed in action. Brady was a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. Lundy quotes Brady that his regular crew was 'Suzy Q' flown by 'Pappy' Moore.



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    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 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,...

  • 42-41017

    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...

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Event Location Date
Born Hammondsport, New York
Prisoner of War 1 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
01 April 2020 20:13:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 14:57:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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15 July 2015 13:20:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

MACR 15861 -;

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27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti' by Dugan and Stewart, MACR 15559,44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 129-130, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 298