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Wesley Leon Jones


Lt. Wesley Jones was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in Lt. John Dore's crew, as Tail Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The aircraft was lost, shot down by flak near the target, White IV, at Ploesti, Romania. An anti Aircraft 88mm round hit, Old Baldy, point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 88 mm. round. 4 missing in action MIA. 6 KIA Killed In Action KIA. 1 Aug 1943. MACR 223.

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

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Born Missouri 1921

Son of Sherman Wesley and Aral Mae [Pyle] Jones.
Born Missouri, moved to Wichita, Kansas at age 1.

Enlisted Wichita, KS 6 July 1941

Initially with National Guard. Transferred to USAAC.

Lived in Spokane, WA, USA 1942

Spokane, Washington, USA.

Specialist training Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO 1942

Primary training - Jefferson Barracks, St Louis.

Training Smokey Hill AAF, Salina, KS 1942

Operational training - Smokey Hill AAF, Salina, Kansas.

Based Libya January 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 4-240102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Florence, Provincia di Firenze,
Toscana, Italy.


Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 13:58:00 Kickapoo Changes to biography

Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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21 June 2020 15:32:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 March 2015 11:34:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations