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John Paul D'Amour

Military

Staff Sgt. John D'Amour was killed in action (KIA) after being reassigned as a replacement gunner, from the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, reassigned to Lt. John S. Young's regular B-24D, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, as part of the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti.
Sgt. D'Amour was killed (KIA) when, Kickapoo, crashed shortly after take off for the low level Ploesti, Romania mission. The airplane's number 4 engine failed just after getting airborne and caught fire. The plane's replacement pilot, Lt. Robert Nespor, turned back to Lete field to land. On his second approach, with his aircraft's right wing engulfed in flames, he lost power in his other three engines, landed hard, bounced, and the plane's right wing struck a concrete pole. The plane cartwheeled into the ground, off the runway, and exploded in flames, killing everyone on board, except for two of the replacement crewmen, who were able to escape the wreckage, badly burned, but survived their burns and, after a long recovery, were able to return to duty. 7 KIA. 2 WIA-RTD. 1 Aug 1943

Awards: Air Medal - E-A-M-E Medal - Purple Heart

Due to the aborted takeoff and subsequent crash, Lt. Nespor's crew did not receive mission credit, and their names do not appear in the official USAAF History Roster of Personnel for DFCs. They did receive their Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart Medals posthumously.

Service

People

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert James Nespor, Jr. was a B-24D bomber command pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 330th Bombing Squadron, based at Benghazi, Libya, in North Africa. He was assigned to fly on the huge mission,...

  • John Young

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. John S. Young was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Bored with college at SMU in Dallas, and knowing the country was headed for war, he joined the Army Air Force early in 1941 and began training as an aviation cadet. He was known as "Johnny" and ...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine 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 Lt. John S. Young's regularly assigned B-24D, after his 98th Bombardment Group moved out of Egypt, to the air bases at Benghazi, Libya. John Young was from Dallas, Texas, like so many of the men...

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

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

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

Enlisted 3 April 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group in the 8th AF.

Died Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Killed in action when his plane in which he was assigned as a replacement crew member gunner. His assigned B-24D, 41-11768, Kickapoo, in the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. Aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff for the low level Ploesti mission. An engine failed just after getting airborne and caught fire while banking back toward the field to land. The right wing struck a concrete pole upon landing, cartwheeling the airplane into the ground off the runway, and exploded into a fireball of flames. 8 KIA. 2 WIA- RTD. 1 Aug 1943.

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
30 April 2022 09:28:22 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Removed punctuation marks from around aircraft name for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 13:57:44 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/552190/john-paul-d

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 11:01:41 Kickapoo Changes to awards
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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24 January 2022 11:00:28 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 10:56:55 Kickapoo Changes to biography, awards, events and person associations
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 10:26:11 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography and place associations
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Details added, spelling, word spacing changes. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2022 20:07:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/552190/john-paul-d'Amour

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 19:35:36 decwriter Changes to biography, awards and events
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Added to awards and bio entry.

Find a Grave data
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/552190/john-paul-d'amour

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.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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