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Leonard Stephen Pate


TSgt. Leonard Pate was the flight engineer on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, in the 515th BS, 376th BG, detached (TDY) to the 9th AF. He flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. RTB. 1 Aug 43.



  • Donaldson Hurd

    Military | Captain | B-24D Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Donaldson B. Hurd was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bomb Squadron, in the U.K. TDY to the 9th Air Force in North Africa for the Ploesti mission. Lt. Hurd flew the B-24D, 42-40319, Yankee Rebel / Dopey Goldberg,...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb 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


  • 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40664, named, Teggie Ann, should not be mistaken for another B-24D, 41-23754, (of three) also named, Teggie Ann, that were in the 8th Air Force. Later, this, Teggie Ann, 42-40664, was changed to, Little Lady. ...

  • 42-40319 - Yankee Rebel - Dopey Goldberg

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40319, named, Yankee Rebel, was in the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bombardment Squadron, in the U.K. It was temporarily detached to the 9th Air Force, in Benghazi, Libya, for Operation Tidal Wave, the...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 2 September 1912

Son of Homer and Freda A Pate.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 15 July 1942

Los Angeles, California

Discharged USAAF 2 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 2 October 1989
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Covina, Los Angeles County, CA 5 October 1989

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Covina, Los Angeles County, California


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28 December 2021 20:09:18 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography

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11 July 2021 18:52:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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10 July 2021 20:27:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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25 January 2021 14:29:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
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23 April 2020 19:04:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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30 March 2015 11:45:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

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