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Donaldson Bodine Hurd

Military

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 18-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298.

LT Donaldson B Hurd was awarded the Silver Star for the 1-Aug-43 raid of Ploesti while the pilot of B-24 'Dopey Goldberg'. He was shot down of Foggia, Italy with his crew while flying B-24 'Teggie Ann' and became a Prisoner of War. While a POW, LT Hurds wife was awarded his Silver Star in Indiana, USA in his absence.

Awards: SS, DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME

Service

People

  • Angelo Aspesi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Compton

    Military | Lieutenant General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer | 376th Bomb Group
    Keith Karl Compton was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, in the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command. He flew as the Element Lead Aircraft's Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent, the Ploesti Mission...

  • Harry Crampton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Don Hurd crew. Radio operator of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia; shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 16-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298 ...

  • Donald Emaus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Gunner on B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 16-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (4 x battle stars).

  • John Farnam

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Don Hurd crew. Flight engineer of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 18-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kermit Hansen

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Don Hurd crew. Navigator of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. July-43, was the lead B-24 attacking to Rome. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia; shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 16-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298 ...

  • Leonard Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    Flight Engineer on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya.

  • Jack Reiter

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Don Hurd crew. Navigator of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. July-43, was the lead B-24 attacking to Rome. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia; shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 16-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298 ...

  • Charles Robbins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crawfordsville, IN 26 September 1917

Son of Cloyd and Frances [Eastlack] Hurd.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin, Harrison, IN 7 November 1941

Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana

Based 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 16 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Died Jensen Beach, Martin County, FL 14 January 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2021 19:57:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/96992780
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https://www.fold3.com/record/20471345/social-security-death-index-donald...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84175944/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/179922812/donaldson-bodine-hurd

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 19:02:36 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added POW camp information to the POW event and updated S/N per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2016 18:58:07 Mikelsey5 Changes to awards and events
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LT Donaldson B Hurd was awarded the Silver Star for the 1 Aug 43 raid of Ploesti while the pilot of the Dopey Goldberg. He was shot down of Foggia, Italy with his crew while flying Teggie Ann and became a Prisoner of War. While a POW, LT Hurds wife was awarded his Silver Star in Indiana, USA in his absence. (Indianapolis Star Newspaper) His tail gunner was my former wifes uncle Scott A. Farrington and I have also spoke personally with his radio man Harry Crampton and exchanged emails with his daughter. A true hero.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 18:05:13 Al_Skiff Changes to service number
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 298

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 18:00:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 298

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