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George Elmer Hartney

Military

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

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Walter Goodson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • Allie Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 Lynn Bari II. ...

  • Carl Satterlund

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172.

  • Henry Scott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172.

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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

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 42-40172 Lynn Bari II

    B-24 Liberator
    Flown on the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti mission returning safely to Libya. ...

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...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, Ohio 16 October 1921

Son of Walter A and Jane A Hartney.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin, Harrison, IN 2 April 1942

Fort Benjamin,
Harrison, IN

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

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

Died Des Moines, IA 22 February 1991
Buried Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, IN 25 February 1991

Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines,
Polk County, IA
Block: 50 Section: 5 Lot: 00016

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 15:12:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2019 19:02:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/35469796-george-e-hartney
https://www.fold3.com/record/84191525-george-e-hartney
https://www.fold3.com/image/142808481?rec=142808676
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/165905450/george-elmer-hartney

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 20:59:56 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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