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Stanley Laverne Packer


Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Gunner on B-24 42-40102, Old Baldy, lost near the target at Ploesti. AA hit aircraft point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. All crew were Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), PH.



  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. John J. Dore, Jr. was assigned as Command Pilot to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The airplane and crew were lost near their target at Ploesti, Romania, shot down by flak and...

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  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb 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...


  • 42-40102 - Old Baldy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D named, Old Baldy, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF. Aircraft was lost, Failed To Return (FTR), with Lt. John J. Dore Jr.'s crew, after the bombing mission over Ploesti, Romania. Old...


  • 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 Rickreall, Polk County, OR 19 June 1921

Son of William Stanley and Josephine Belle [Whipple] Branson.

Enlisted Geiger Field, Spokane, WA 17 December 1941

Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington

Based Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member of B-24 #4240102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Buried Nueville, Belgium 1946

Nueville, Belgium

Buried Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, OR 13 April 1951

Willamette National Cemetery,
Portland, Multnomah County,
Oregon, USA


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