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Edgar Octave Hamel


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.



  • William Strong

    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. ...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24201 'Baldy and his Brood'

    B-24 Liberator
    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.


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Haverhill, Massachusetts 18 August 1916

Son of Napoleon J and Clarabelle Hamel.

Enlisted Boston, MA 15 October 1940

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 506BS,44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 26 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Newton, NH 4 January 2005
Buried Linwood Cemetery Haverhill, Essex County, MA 7 January 2005

Linwood Cemetery
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts


Date Contributor Update
19 January 2021 16:11:50 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 10:58:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 02:07:53 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected the A/C S/N in the "Summary biography" - changed '"42-" to "41-".

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 13:42:29 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank and role


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Dugan & Stewart 'Ploesti', 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp.120-121