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Doyle L Kirkland

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738.

Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Harley Mason

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
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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...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Huntington, Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) France 5 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2019 14:17:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2351 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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