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Cleveland D Hickman

Military

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Flew as pilot of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural' on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted safely to Sicily.

Shot down 20-Dec-43 on a mission to Bremen in B-24 42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Virgil Anderhalt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Glenn Cochran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4240133. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Jacob Handelman

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4240133. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Robert Pollick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4240133. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Adelbert Robinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4240133. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Virgil Rose

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Edward Rubin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA). Rubin's name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Kenneth White

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4240133. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23711 'Jerks Natural'

    B-24 Liberator
    Although the B-24D Liberator, SN #41-23771, named, 'Jerk's Natural', was part of the 8th Air Force based in Britain, the the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, it spent time on detached service to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, hence the...

  • 42-40133

    B-24 Liberator

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

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alameda County, CA 1921
Lived in Albany, California, USA 1941
Enlisted Moffet Field, CA 13 January 1942

Moffet Field, California

Based Benina 1943 – 20 December 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew as pilot of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural' on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted safely to Sicily.

Killed in action Germany 20 December 1943

Shot down 20-Dec-43 on a mission to Bremen in B-24 42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton, Cambs, UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 14:00:30 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28614889
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039293
https://www.fold3.com/record/84944522/cleveland-d-hickman-wwii-army-enli...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529898627/cleveland-d-hickman-american-batt...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56290680/cleveland-d.-hickman

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 09:59:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 20:14:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 20:12:40 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 20:12:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

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

ABMC; MACR 2188 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2188 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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