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Albert Joe Mickish


Lt. Albert "AJ" Mickish was a bombardier on the B-24 41-24040, What's Cooking Doc ? - Big Operator, and started out flying on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania. His plane aborted the mission with turbocharger problems and diverted to Cyprus. 1-Aug-943.

Lt. Mickish flew on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw, returning to Fort Worth, Texas, for a war bond tour 1944.

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), American Defense and Campaign medals, WWII Victory Medal, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

His DFC was awarded under an earlier General Order. Jun-43.



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Associated Place

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Event Location Date
Born Perry, OK 5 October 1917

Son of Frank and Theresa [Tetyak] Mickish.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK 3 November 1941

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lived in Perry, OK 73077, USA 1943
Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Marriage Florida 16 January 1943

Married Mildred Ruth Newell.

Survived Ploesti, aborted Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Bombardier B-24 41-24040 ‘What’s Cooking Doc ? - Big Operator’ flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.

War Bonds Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA 1944

Returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

Died Denver, CO 8 February 2007

'AJ' Mickish was born Oct. 5, 1917, on a small farm a few miles south of Perry. He died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Denver, Colo. Mickish had served the city of Edmond and vicinity as a veterinarian for more than 52 years. He graduated from Perry High School and earned a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University in 1941. That same year he entered the Air Force via the ROTC program and became a bombardier, eventually serving under the commanding officer of the 98th Bomb Group, until the Aug. 1, 1943, B-24 attack against the Romanian oil fields and refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Of 178 airplanes that left on the raid, 54 never returned. He was honorably discharged as a captain and took advantage of the GI bill and earned a Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He established the first “animal hospital” in Edmond in 1950 and became known as “Doc” Mickish. He built the Edmond Animal Clinic in 1953 on the south side of Hwy. 66 (now known as East Second Street, 1/2 mile east of Broadway, just outside of the Edmond city limits. The location is now occupied by the new Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Center. Mickish is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Mickish; four children; two sisters; three granddaughters, two step-granddaughters, a step-grandson, and two step-great-grandsons.


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25 April 2022 09:19:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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23 March 2022 11:15:28 decwriter Changes to events

Corrected data in bio section for correct A/C flown on for 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti mission.

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23 March 2022 09:29:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and aircraft associations

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23 March 2022 00:56:06 decwriter Changes to biography and awards

Added to awards and bio section, corrected aircraft he served on, which aborted on the Operation Tidal Wave mission.

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