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Clarence W Gerrick

Military

Born in Toledo, Ohio, where he attended St. John High School, graduating in 1935. He played basketball in high school and at the University of Toledo, where he majored in business.

He enlisted in March 1941 and joined the 567th BS in June 1943 as a pilot of a B-24 Liberator.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. He survived the Ploesti mission only to be shot down on 1 Oct. 1943 over Belgium, and spent the rest of the war as a POW.

Service

People

  • Dan Craddock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Muncie, Indiana.

  • Adelbert Cross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Ross Koch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • George Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 389th Bomb Group
    His home town was Macon, Georgia. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733

  • Leopold Paulin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. Had two years of high school in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

  • Albert Trumbley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Roy Wells

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His hometown was Houston, Texas.

  • Sidney Westlund

    Military | First Lieutenant | bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Los Angeles, California.

  • George Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40733 Virgin for Short, But Not For Long

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40733 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Clarence W Gerrick, returning safely to Libya. ...

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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

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...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toledo, Ohio 12 February 1917
Biography 1917 – 1997

"Captain Clarence W. Gerrick grew up at 328 Palmer St. in the Lagrange Street Polish neighborhood. He attended old St. John High School in Toledo where he played varsity basketball, graduating with the class of 1935. He later played basketball at the University of Toledo and graduated from the business school in 1940. Gerrick went on to work as a collector in the finance office of Shank-Cobley Co. (a Plymouth-DeSoto car dealership in downtown Toledo) before enlisting in the Army as an aviation cadet on March 15, 1941 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. He received his wings at Brooks Field, Texas in October 1941, and went overseas in June 1943 as pilot with his own crew. He was known by his friends as ‘Bing,’ a reference to his prowess on the basketball court. ... [After the Ploesti mission,] Gerrick would return to England with his group but would be shot down October 4, 1943 during a mission over Belgium and would be held as a POW until the end of the war. Upon his release, he would return to Toledo, get married, starting a family and business career. “Bing” Gerrick died in Toledo in 1997." Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Enlisted Ft. Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. 15 March 1941

Enlisted at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, Ohio.

War Experiences from Journals 1 August 1943

"Gerrick's flight back was a hairy one: they had taken heavy antiaircraft fire over the target and had lost one of the engines. The plane fell behind the rest of the group on the way out and ended up flying over a German airbase with fighters refueling on the ground. The plane was nearly out of fuel when they crossed into Libya, and ran out of fuel on the runway upon landing. The physical and mental exertions of flying a battle damaged B-24 back 1,000 miles from Rumania took a heavy toll: Bing estimated that he had lost 10 pounds during the course of the mission and said he had worked never worked harder in his life than on the return trip from Steaua Romana." Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Died 23 March 1997

Toledo, Ohio.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 12:36:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 23:25:33 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 23:03:06 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 22:34:43 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:43:15 Dieterle Changes to place associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:37:02 Dieterle Changes to mission associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:22:09 Dieterle Changes to media associations
Sources

Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:15:49 Dieterle Changes to media associations
Sources

Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:12:44 Dieterle Changes to media associations
Sources

Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:07:05 Dieterle Changes to media associations
Sources

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 21:05:22 Dieterle Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources
Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 01:49:26 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Richard Dieterle, from, Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 00:41:37 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Richard Dieterle. Exact birth and death dates obtained from ancientfaces.com.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 00:30:36 Dieterle Changes to service number
Sources

Richard Dieterle, from Fold3 website.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 00:27:51 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Richard Dieterle, birth year from MyLife.com.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 00:18:58 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Richard Dieterle, from Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 00:11:02 Dieterle Changes to nickname, biography, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle, quoting passages from — Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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