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Clarence Winford Gooden

Military

Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot B-24 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Awards: DSC, DSM, SS, PH, EAME.

Service

People

  • Theodore Beaudry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24, 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane,...

  • Alexander Cochrane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170...

  • Roland Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and...

  • William McNeil

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170...

  • Ralph Perkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170...

  • Michael Trick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and crash landed in Romania, escaped wreck along with co pilot WIA/POW. MACR 170. Awards: DFC, AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - Lost on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Clarence W Gooden, A/C was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former 'DOPEY' Crew: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry,...

Missions

  • 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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Waycross, GA, USA 5 October 1920

Son of William Herbert and Leasy Barnard [Gooden] Bradway.

Lived in Waycross, GA, USA 1941
Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Buried Oakland Cemetery Waycross, Ware County GA April 1950

Re-Interred
Oakland Cemetery
Waycross, Ware County
Georgia, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2021 11:27:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/319226339
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54822339/clarence-winford-gooden

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 02:27:55 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

Received Silver Star Medal for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 14:38:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 170

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