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Max Wendell Lower

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T/Sgt. Max Lower was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in WWll. He was the Radio Operator/Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, on Operation Tidal Wave over the Ploesti oil refineries. His aircraft was lost near his target at Ploesti, Romania. A flak round from a Romanian 80 mm AA gun, made a direct hit on, Old Baldy, killing the Pilot 1st Lt. John J. Dore and his entire crew Killed in Action in the crash of their plane, Old Baldy. 10 (KIA). MACR 223.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

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  • 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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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

  • 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...

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...

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Event Location Date
Born Twin Falls, ID 3 March 1920

Son of Samuel Stephen and Mary Oka [Litz] Lower.

Lived in Lewiston, UT, USA 1942

Lewistown, Utah, USA.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 3 January 1942

Salt Lake City, Utah

Assigned Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Radio Operator on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' 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.

Buried Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT 1948

Memorialised
Memory Grove Memorial
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

Buried Lewiston City Cemetery, Lewiston, Cache County, UT 23 November 2019

Re-Interred
Lewiston City Cemetery
Lewiston, Cache County, Utah

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 12:41:02 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
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29 November 2021 12:30:47 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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29 November 2021 09:00:33 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
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The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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21 June 2020 09:10:25 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
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21 June 2020 09:08:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36001213/max-wendell-lower
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56365020/max-wendell-lower
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118380559/max-wendell-lower

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 12:34:15 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 12:27:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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