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Eber Glen Ayers

Military

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Mooney

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY with 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse'. A/C and crew interned Izmir, Turkey. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DSC, AM, PH.

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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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40544 'Hitlers Hearse'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, landed near Izmir, Turkey, pilot Robert C Mooney, crew interned.

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 Wayne County, IL 2 September 1923
Lived in Wilmington, IL 1941
Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned İzmir, Turkey 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT

Enlisted

Chicago IllinoisEnlistment Date:
5 Aug 1942

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2021 16:03:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/653765510
https://www.fold3.com/record/84425040/eber-g-ayers-wwii-army-enlistment-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/704281891/ayers-eber-g-u-s-wwii-hospital-ad...

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2019 12:48:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2019 12:48:07 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

İzmir, Turkey

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 19:40:47 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 223 , 389th BG Roster

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