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Carl Frederick Root


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.



  • William Banks

    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

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...


  • 42-40208 'The Sad Sack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William D Banks, safely diverting to Cypress. ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Berwick, PA 25 November 1921
Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 18 March 1942

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Based Benghazi, Libia 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Radford, VA 11 March 1992
Buried West View Cemetery, Radford, Radford City, VA 14 March 1992

West View Cemetery
Radford City, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2020 16:49:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations