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Wallace Cadet Taylor

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Lt. Wallace C. Taylor was assigned to 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 the German oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania in 1943. On his bomb run, after taking two direct flak hits over his target, White IV, Lt. Taylor called on the aircraft intercom for a bailout from his B-24. He was the only one of the four who bailed out, who survived and became a prisoner of war. The rest of the crew were killed in action, KIA - August 1, 1943. Failed to Return (FTR) from Ploesti in the B-24 # 41-24198 - Became a Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 166

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Austin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: PH.

  • Donald Duchene

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), PH.

  • Louis Kaiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

  • Paul Packer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC, PH.

  • Gerald Rabb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

  • Ralph Robins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Alfred Turgeon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Arthur Van Kleeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Jack Wood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), EAME, PH.

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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. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

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 Manila, Philipines 23 August 1916

Son of Jeanette Lewis Taylor.

Lived in Ontario, CA 1941
Enlisted March Field, Riverside, CA 6 January 1942

March Field, Riverside, California

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Baled out POW 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; POW MACR 166

Prisoner of War (POW) Romania 1 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Discharged USAAF 18 February 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died 5 March 1978
Buried Bellevue Memorial Park Ontario, San Bernardino County, CA 8 March 1978

Bellevue Memorial Park
Ontario, San Bernardino County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 04:55:00 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 04:51:44 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 04:49:48 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2020 15:30:25 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events
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Date Contributor Update
27 December 2020 15:24:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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