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Kittredge Hamlin


Lt. Kittredge "Kitt" Hamlin was assigned as CoPilot on the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11803, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, in the 344th BS, the 98th BG, and the 9th AF, "The Force For Freedom", in the MTO in North Africa. He flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission on the wing of his element leader, Col. John R. "Killer" Kane, but had to abort the mission with mechanical problems. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Forces, with the final rank of Captain. He died on Jan. 26, 1993.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Bomb Group Commanding Officer / B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and, later, in the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, in World War II, for his leadership, courage, and...

  • James Lindsey

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. James Rex Lindsey was Lt. Gilbert Hadley's co-pilot on Hadley's B-24D, Hadley's Harem, in North Africa. He participated in, and had completed his part of the bombing mission, Operation Tidal Wave. But, Lt. Lindsey and Lt. "Gib" Hadley were...

  • 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

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...


  • 41-11803 - Rosie Wrecked 'Em

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11803, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. The pilot, Lt. Herbert Arens, flew, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission, flying on the wing...


  • 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


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Born Detroit, MI 2 February 1918

Son of Lot M. Hamlin.

Enlisted Detroit, MI 3 February 1943

Detroit, Michigan

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Co Pilot B-24 Liberator, 41-11803, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Flew on 1 Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid on the wing of Col. Kane, having to abort before the target because of mechanical problems.

Died Littleton, CO 26 January 1993
Buried Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver, Denver County CO February 1993

Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver, Denver County
Colorado, USA.


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23 January 2022 07:59:50 Kickapoo Changes to nickname and role

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16 December 2021 22:05:23 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role and events

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04 October 2021 07:16:28 Kickapoo Changes to biography

Best Web - B-24 - Rosie Wrecked 'Em

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04 October 2021 07:11:11 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography, events, person associations and place associations

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01 September 2020 11:22:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports for the 98th Bomb Group;;

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16 December 2019 10:03:37 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards and events

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15 December 2019 20:45:39 anniehamlin Changes to nickname

I am Kit's daughter, I updated the correct spelling of his nickname (Kit), and will upload the his picture with his crew. The picture there now isn't my dad

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18 April 2015 17:43:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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