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John Joseph Dore Jr

Military

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 killed in their plane's crash (KIA). The AC took a direct hit from a Romanian 88mm flak round. Pilot 1st. Lt. John J. Dore, Jr. was killed in his airplane's crash. KIA with 4 crewmen KIA and 6 crewmen MIA. Aircraft Failed To Return (FTR). 1 Aug 1943. MACR 223.

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

Service

People

  • William Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Missed the Ploesti oil refinery due to dysentery. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Finneran

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    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...

  • Worthington Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Worthington Alfred Franks was a B-24 navigator assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, shot down over Ploesti, Romania, hit by an AA direct hit from a Rumanian 80 mm...

  • Ray Gleason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Ray Gleason was assigned as a gunner to the 345th BS, the 9th BG, in the 9th AF, USAAF, in the B-24D, Old Baldy, 42-10402. Sgt. Gleason and his entire crew were killed In Action, KIA, over it's target at Ploesti, Romania. It was hit by an 88mm AA...

  • Joseph Iosco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40102 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 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Wesley Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    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,...

  • Max Lower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator/Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    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...

  • Frank Norris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Filght Engineer | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Flight Engineer 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

  • Stanley Packer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    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. ...

  • John Stallings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Co Pilot 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

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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...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, NY 11 May 1919

Son of John J Sr and Rena Hall [Sipp] Dore.

Enlisted Hartford, CT 3 July 1941

Hartford, Connecticut

Lived in Garden City, NY, USA 1942

Garden City, New York, USA.

Assigned Libya January 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Pilot 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.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 14:07:06 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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