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Philip Erick Nelson

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe'; A/C burst into flames from leaked fuel over target, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, exploded and crashed in a field. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 222

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

Service

People

  • Lindley Hussey

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Lindley Hussey was the pilot of the B-24D liberator bomber, #41-11886, named, 'Lil Joe', lost on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid. As Lt. Hussey, flying in Flight 3 behind the fist two flights ahead of him, approached his target, he took...

Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 41-11886 - Lil Joe

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Lil Joe, 41-11886, was flown by Pilot Lt. Lindley Hussey on Operation Tidal Wave to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Lil Joe, was shot down and lost on the Ploesti mission. FTR. On approach to it's target, Lil Joe, was...

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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tripp, WI 22 September 1918

Son of Nels C. and Nannie Eleanora [Anderson] Nelson.

Lived in Iron River, WI 1942
Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe'; A/C burst into flames from leaked fuel over target, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, exploded and crashed in a field. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 222

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liege, Belgium
Plot C Row 3 Grave 50

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2022 16:32:55 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 222
https://www.fold3.com/image/686231783
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529852915/philip-e-nelson-american-battle-m...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360036/philip-e-nelson

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2022 17:30:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 10:21:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 222

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