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Coleman S Whitaker

Military

Lt. Coleman Whitaker volunteered for, and served as an RAF pilot for several months before Pearl Harbor. Later, he transferred back to the USAAF and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries, flying the B-24D Liberator, 42-40071, Margaret Ann II. 1 Aug 43.

Lt. Whitaker was killed in action (KIA) on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, Germany, flying the B-24D, 41-23816, Black Jack. He was hit by flak in his B-24's bomb bay shortly after leaving target area. Lt. Whitaker peeled off, while quickly losing altitude as fire developed in his bomb bay. The plane broke apart and crashed in the target area. 5 KIA. 5 POW. Aircraft failed to return. FTR. 1 Oct 43. Pilot Coleman S. Whitaker. KIA. MACR 3312

Distinguished Flying Cross - Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters - Purple Heart - European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Service

People

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  • Coleman Whitaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23816 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : The B-24D, 41- The B-24D, 41-23816, flown by Lt. Coleman Whitaker, named, Black Jack, was one of two B-24Ds in the MTO named, Black Jack, and was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron, in the U.K. in the...

  • 42-40071 - Margaret Ann II

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40071, named, Margaret Ann II, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, and temporarily detached (TDY) to the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron, flown by Lt. Coleman Whitaker on the...

  • 41-23661 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : This B-24D, 41-23661, one of 2 B-24Ds named, Black Jack, in the MTO, this one with the nose art of a kicking mule, was flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew. ...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Petersburg, Tennessee
Killed in action 1 October 1943
Buried

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14 June 2022 21:14:35 Kickapoo Changes to biography and aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23816 - Black Jack - 42-40071 - Margaret Ann II

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40071 - Margaret Ann II

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40071 - Margaret Ann II

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40071 - Margaret Ann II

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23816

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23816

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23816

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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3312, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 135, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 298 with picture of the plane; 8 Ball Tails, Vol. 13, No. 5, pg 20; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 22

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