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Paul E Davidson


Staff Sgt. Paul Davidson was a crew member and a gunner on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti. 1 Aug 43. His pilot and plane diverted to Cypress, and returned to base at Benghazi, Libya. 3 Aug 43. later, he returned to Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with Lt. Royden LeBrecht and his crew for a war bond tour . 1944

Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster - Air Medal - WWII Victory Medal - EAME Campaign Medal with 1 Battle Star


Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb 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...


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born 26 October 1921
Lived in Springfield, MO, USA 1942

Springfield, Missouri, USA

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 41-11761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.

War Bond Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA 1944

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

Died Albany, NY 30 May 1972
Buried Hopedale Cemetery Ozark, Christian County, MO June 1972

Hopedale Cemetery
Christian County, Missouri


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31 March 2015 20:04:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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