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Claron Evans Markham

Military

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. 31 x combat missions. ETD

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

Post War: Graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, in 1950. Joined the partnership of Drs. E.H. Jones and Robert E. Lormore, Lowville, and continued to practice until 1974.

Service

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  • Robert Felber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778 'Lady Luck'. 25 x combat missions. Moved up to Group Operations. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23778 'Lady Luck' - 'Jenny'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-23778 renamed 'Lady Luck' from 'Jenny' - Survived Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania, August 1, 1943. ...

  • 42-40973 'Battleaxe'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 #42-40973 "Battleaxe" 415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF, flew 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Charles A Sayler, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-99967 'Myrtle The Fertile Turtle'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 66BS, transferred to 67BS, transferred to 506BS all with 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down ?-Mar-44.

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

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born West Turin, Lewis, NY 8 July 1921

Son of Hugh A and Ethel E [Evans] Markham.

Enlisted Syracuse, NY 11 March 1942

Syracuse, New York

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Brantingham, Lewis County, New York, USA 3 January 2002
Buried Lowville Rural Cemetery Lowville, Lewis County, NY 6 January 2002

Lowville Rural Cemetery
Lowville,
Lewis County, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2020 19:41:23 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/79860631
https://www.fold3.com/image/672999109
https://www.fold3.com/record/8855357/social-security-death-index-claron-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83527986/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/714214980/u-s-veterans-gravesites-ca-1775-2...
https://www.44thbombgroup.org/home
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106944796/claron-evans-markham

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 15:26:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group;
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106944796/claron-evans-markham

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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