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Wesley Neil Pettigrew

Military

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.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    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...

Aircraft

  • 41-24195 'Little Joe'

    B-24 Liberator
    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

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    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...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
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
Colorado, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2021 14:06:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 10:44:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
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