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Joseph Edward Finneran

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Lt. Joe Fenneran was assigned to the 9th Air force. the the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF, as Bombardier on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, Lost, shot down over Ploesti. Took a direct flak hit from 30 feet or less from a Romanian 80 mm cannon shell. Pilot 1st Lt. John J. Dore was killed instantly. 10 KIA. MACR 223.
Identified and recovered for reburial in Nov-2019

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, PA 4 December 1921

Son of Patrick Joseph and Mary Agnes [Murphy] Finneran.

Enlisted Boston, MA 18 December 1941

Boston, Massachusetts

Lived in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, USA 1942

Jamaica Plain, MA, USA.

Lived in Needham, MA 1942
Assigned Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force, USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Bombardier on B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, shot down near over Ploesti. AA hit direct hit to aircraft. Pilot 1st Lt. John J. Dore and all crew Killed. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Buried 1946

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

Buried Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA November 2019

Mount Benedict Cemetery
West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 12:05:02 Kickapoo Changes to biography and events
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 09:41:20 Kickapoo Changes to role
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Details added. - Kickapoo

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29 November 2021 09:40:35 Kickapoo Changes to nickname
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Details. - Kickapoo

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29 November 2021 09:39:58 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 16:59:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.fold3.com/record/83374679-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871776-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 15:49:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, events and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/545000530
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763407
https://www.fold3.com/record/83374679-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871776-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 14:53:18 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 21:24:59 Hendry Changes to mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 17:34:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and events
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