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Edward B Giorchino

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, as observing Co-pilot on B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

Service

People

  • Lloyd Adelsberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Richard Barthel

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • George Brown

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682) ...

  • Oliver Gilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Olin McDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Monroe Musser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Jack Ross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Lloyd Treadway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Raymond Walker

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, serving as Co-pilot on B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682) Raymond Walker served in the 93rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Hardwick, England.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23682 'The Blasted Event'

    B-24 Liberator
    Temporary Duty (TDY) with the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. Flew on 1 August 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid with 329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF, and returned safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-67657

    P-38 Lightning

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...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Norwalk, Norwalk, CT 06854, USA
Lived in South Norwalk, Norwalk, CT 06854, USA 1941

Rock Ridge Drive

Operation Tidal Wave Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew as observing Co-Pilot on the 93rd BG's Brown Crew.

Assistant Group Operations Officer Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 1944

466th Bomb Group

Died Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 30 June 1944

At 2033 hours, Captain Edward B. Giorchino, pilot of P-38 42-67657 took off on his initial check flight. A/c checked in with the control tower and took off on Runway 27. At approximately 2112 hours the aircraft with gear down on the downwind leg made what appeared to be a normal approach. The aircraft came in a little high over Runway 27. The pilot applied more throttle to go around and passed over the runway at approximately 200 feet, where it continued on a heading of 270 and crashed into a small field at approximately 2114.
From ground observations it appeared the aircraft bounced from it's initial landing point in the small field and crashed into a tree and the right engine and right wing came off. The remainder of the aircraft spun around into another tree completely demolishing the aircraft. The aircraft burned and all possible evidence of mechanical failure was destroyed.
It was the pilot's first time in this type aircraft and he was slow timing a new engine, there neither pilot error or mechanical failure can be eliminated as a cause.

Pilot was KIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 14:48:46 Emily Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2016 03:34:48 466thHistorian Changes to events and person associations
Sources

http://www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 21:02:24 466thHistorian Changes to role, awards and events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 16:13:06 466thHistorian Changes to service number, role and media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 16:00:51 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Official Report of Aircraft Accident - USAAF

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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