B-24 Liberator #4124201 'Baldy and his Brood' of the 506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya.
(**** There may be an error here. It is not evident that this aircraft is 41-24201. This is not the crew who flew in 41-24201 on the Ploesti raid according to the SORTIE REPORT).
S/Sgt. Lemuel B Fleming - L Waist Gun,
2nd Lt. William H Strong - Pilot,
2nd Lt. Lyle S. Davenport - CoPilot
2nd Lt. Thomas A. Flaherty - Bombardier,
2nd Lt. David E. McCash - Navigator
S/Sgt. Warren E. Morrison - Tail Gun,
Sgt. Oliver R. Germann - Belly Gun,
T/Sgt. Clarence W. Nelson - Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Elwood W. Harbison,Jr. - Right Waist Gun,
T/Sgt. Edgar O. Hamel - Engineer/Top Turret Gun
Assigned to 506BS,44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201.
On 16-Aug-43, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' A/C 41-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and with the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot Strong headed to Malta knowing the British hospital could tend to his wounded men.
Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-24201.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.
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...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...
||18 August 1916
Son of Napoleon J and Clarabelle Hamel.
||15 October 1940
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 506BS,44BG, 8AF USAAF.
||26 July 1945
||4 January 2005
Haverhill, Essex County, MA
||7 January 2005
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts