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George Warren Lawlor

Military

Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 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.

Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME (1 x Battle Star),American Campaign and Defense Medals, PH.

Due to the abort after takeoff and subsequent crash, Lt. Nespor's crew did not receive mission credit and their names do not appear in the official AAF History Roster of Personnel for DFCs.

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,...

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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
    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 Bombardment Group moved out of Egypt, to the air bases at Benghazi, Libya. John Young was from Dallas, like so many of the men in the 98th...

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 Massachusetts 1921
Enlisted New York City, NY 15 March 1941

New York City, New York

Lived in New York, NY, USA 1942

New York, NY, USA.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to 344th BS, 98th BG, 8th AF.

Killed in action Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 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
17 January 2022 20:17:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/906134/george-warren-lawlor

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 19:54:12 decwriter Changes to biography and awards
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Corrected AM to reflect AM with four Oak Leaf Clusters and added ADSM based on entry date, ACM for continued service and EAME Campaign Medal for overseas service.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 14:45:29 Al_Skiff Changes to nationality, role, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310770934
https://www.fold3.com/record/83504644/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/702417942/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/906134/george-warren-lawlor

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 15:03:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details 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 14:47:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com

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