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Warren Harker Ware


Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Co-Pilot B-24 Liberator 42-40772 'Scheherezade' flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by John T Blackis, returning safely to Libya.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Blackis

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. John T. Blackis took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission over Ploesti, flying the B-24D Liberator, 42-40772, Scheherazade, interned in Portugal due to mechanical problems. 10 INT. 1 Aug 43.

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40772 Scheherazade

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40772, Scheherazade, was in the 564th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, TDY to the 9th Air Force, and was flown by Lt. John T. Blackis on Operation Tidal Wave, over Ploesti's oil refineries. Interned...


  • 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

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, WI 30 August 1921

Son of Margaret Ware.

Lived in Milwaukee, WI, USA 1941

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 30 March 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by John T Blackis, returning safely to Libya.

Died 18 November 1991
Buried 21 November 1991

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County
Virginia, USA.
Section 3-L, Row 12, Site 2


Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 15:20:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2019 13:10:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

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26 April 2015 11:57:27 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations