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Robert Nelson Austin


Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166

Awards: PH.



  • Wallace Taylor

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Wallace C. Taylor was a B-24 command pilot assigned to the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force in the USAAF in WWII. He flew the B-24D bomber named, The Vulgar Virgin, 41-24198, on the famous bombing mission to destroy...

Units served with

  • 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...



  • 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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Bradford, NY 12 March 1918

Son of Floyd Lee and Ida Jane [Havens] Austin.

Lived in Campbell, NY October 1940
Enlisted Buffalo, NY 30 April 1941

Buffalo, New York

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Tatarani, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166

Buried Hope Cemetery Campbell, Steuben County, NY 1948

Hope Cemetery
Campbell, Steuben County, New York


Date Contributor Update
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