Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot B-24 41-24195 'Little Joe' flew on 1-Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.
Awards: SS, DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...
Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...
The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-24195, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 415th Bomb Squadron, named, 'Little Joe', flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Wesley N. Pettigrew, returning safely to Libya. Aug 1, 1943
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...
Military site : airfield
|Born||Arlington, TX||20 May 1918|
Son of Silas Neel and Ellie Lee [Swaim] Pettigrew.
|Enlisted||23 January 1942|
|Based||1943 – 1944|
Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
|Survived Ploesti||Ploiești, Romania||1 August 1943|
Pilot B-24 41-24195 'Little Joe' flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.
|Died||Colorado Springs, CO, USA||28 March 2002|
|Buried||Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum, Colorado Springs, El Paso County CO||April 2002|
Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum, Colorado Springs, El Paso County
|03 April 2021 14:06:21||Al_Skiff||Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations|
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