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John R Reilly


Lt. John R. Reiley was the radio operator on the pilot, Lt. Royden LeBrecht's B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania. Lt. LeBrecht diverted to Nicosia, Cypress, escorting and covering his friends in the shot up, Hail Columbia, and, Hadley's Harem, and The Sandman.1 Aug 43. He returned to the U.K. and, then, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, for a war bonds tour with his plane, The Squaw. 1944



  • 41-11761 - The Squaw - Sleepy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11761, was first named, Sleepy, by the men in the 8th Air Force and the 93rd Bomb Group in the U.K. It was, later, renamed, The Squaw, by it's Command Pilot, Lt. Royden LeBrecht, after being transferred to the 9th Air...


  • 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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Radio Operator on the B-24D, 4111761, Little Squaw. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.

Lived in Utica, NY, USA

Utica, New York, USA.

War Bonds Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA

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

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF.


Date Contributor Update
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Date Contributor Update
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