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John Paul D'Amour

Military

Crew member of B-24 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the 1-Aug-43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back toward the field to land, then a wing touched the ground and she smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM, PH

Service

People

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert James Nespor, Jr. was a B-24D command bomber pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 330th Bombing Squadron. For the huge mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on Operation...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane was...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sparta, MI 49345, USA 9 August 1911

Son of John B and Mary E [Guerno] D'Amour.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Died Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Crew member of B-24 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the 1-Aug-43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back toward the field to land, then a wing touched the ground and she smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames. KIA.

Buried Fort Scott National Cemetery Fort Scott, Bourbon County KS 1948

Fort Scott National Cemetery
Fort Scott, Bourbon County
Kansas, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 19:26:17 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/552190/john-paul-d'amour

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 19:15:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 18:21:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/659331709
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/552190/john-paul-d'amour
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/179412557/john-p-damour

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 21:38:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 14:51:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Ted's Traveling Circus

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 14:33:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com

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