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George Henry Honeyman


Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23778. 10 x combat missions.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.


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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23778 'Lady Luck' - 'Jenny'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-23778 renamed 'Lady Luck' from 'Jenny' - Survived Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania, August 1, 1943. ...


  • 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

  • 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 Glencoe, OK 8 April 1910
Enlisted Fort Sill, OK 10 March 1942

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Stillwater, OK 15 August 1992
Buried Glencoe Cemetery Glencoe, Payne County, OK 18 August 1992

Glencoe Cemetery Glencoe, Payne County, Oklahoma


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2020 16:43:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 15:29:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:57 AAM AAM ingest

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