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Earl C Wescott


Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115 Was held 13 months until 31 Aug '44

Air Medal; DFC; Pres. Unit Citation/Purple Heart


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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb 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

    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...


  • 42-40115 'Boomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Melvin E Neef, MACR 159.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Kendall, Michigan 6 February 1921
Prisoner of War [POW] Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 – 31 August 1944

Was held 13 months until 31 Aug '44

Died 24 October 2002
Buried Kendall, Michigan


Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 14:59:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 09:33:33 Michelbe Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 13:30:21 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 159/widow