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Armand Robert Massart

Military

Tech Sergeant Armand Massart was a radio operator (RO) assigned (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron for Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania. He was one of the replacement crewmembers assigned to the B-24 41-11768, Kickapoo. The airplane crashed and burned shortly after take-off for the Ploesti mission after losing an engine just after getting airborne on takeoff and catching on fire. While turning back toward Lete Field to land, on final approach, the plane hit a concrete pole with it's left wing and crashed in a fireball of flames. TSgt. Massart was killed in action (KIA) in the crash. 1-Aug-43. 8 Killed in Action (KIA) - 2 (WIA) and returned to service (RTS) after long recoveries.

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, American Campaign Medal, EAME (1 x battle Star).

Due to the abort after take-off 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

  • Eugene Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Crew member Staff Sgt. Eugene Robert Garner flew on Operation Tidal Wave. He was assigned as part of a replacement crew from the 8th Air Force, for John Young's B-24D, Kickapoo, from the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force....

  • 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,...

  • Russell Polivka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Russell W. Polivka was a navigator, and part of the replacement crew assigned to the B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, Kickapoo, in the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, for Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania. Flown...

  • John Riley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. John Clark Riley was a B-24D pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bomb Squadron at Benghazi, Libya, in the Mediterranean theatre (MTO) during WWII. Lt. Riley and his command Pilot Robert Nespor from the 98th Bomb...

  • 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 Tarentum, PA 5 June 1921

Son of Armand A and Marie A Massart.

Enlisted Greensburg, PA 8 July 1942

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Killed in action (KIA) 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 27 July 1948

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2022 20:04:00 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/957725/armand-r-massart

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 19:22:53 decwriter Changes to biography and awards
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Corrected awards. 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.

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 06:21:18 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Added details, changed wording. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 06:15:13 Kickapoo Changes to awards and person associations
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Black Sunday - Michael hill

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 06:03:01 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography and place associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2021 14:05:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310763650
https://www.fold3.com/image/541878895
https://www.fold3.com/record/86962130/armand-r-massart-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/707942777/massart-armand-r-u-s-veterans-gra...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/957725/armand-r-massart

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 15:06:29 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

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 14:53:14 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

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