Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew.
Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Post war: Received his degree of Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California and a Masters in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Root practised medicine in Marvel Reading, Pa., and in North Carolina.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack'. 50 x combat missions. ETD
Awards: SS, DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
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...
Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William D Banks, safely diverting to Cypress.
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...
||25 November 1921
||Wilkes Barre, PA
||18 March 1942
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
||11 March 1992
||West View Cemetery, Radford, Radford City, VA
||14 March 1992
West View Cemetery
Radford City, Virginia