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George Pliny Allen

Military

SSgt. George Allen was killed in action on 1 August, 1943, during Operation Tidal Wave onboard the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994.

Dispatched to North Africa in 1943 with the 93rd Bomb Group to take part in Operation Tidal Wave. Part of the crew of the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994, on 1 August 1943. Upon reaching the target area the 93rd Bomb Group turned at the wrong point and headed for Bucharest, the pilot attempted to warn the mission commander and his element's lead pilot, Col. K.K. Compton. But, when they deliberately failed to respond or acknowledge the warnings, Addison Baker, Walter Stewart, Ramsey Potts and others, broke formation and led the remaining pilots of the 93rd's and 376th's Bomb Squadrons, who wanted to bomb their targets, back north toward Ploesti's refinery area.

On approach to the target, Hell's Wench, took two devastating direct hits by flak rounds, Col Baker jettisoned his bombs as both of his wings were hit, the aircraft began pouring out it's gasoline fuel, and quickly became engulfed in flames. Shortly, thereafter, Baker decided to pull up and give his men some slim chance to bail out and save themselves. But, their luck had run out. Hell's Wench, now a blowtorch of flames, stalled in the climb, rolled over, and crashed, killing the entire crew. 10 KIA. 1 Aug 43.

Service

People

  • Addison Baker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer 93rd Bomb Group - B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lieutenant Colonel Addison Baker was the Commanding Officer of the 93rd Bomb Group from May 17, 1943. He was killed in action (KIA) over Ploesti during Operation Tidal Wave on 1 August, 1943. ...

  • Charles Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    TSgt. Charles Bennet was killed in action on Operation Tidal Wave onboard his assigned B-24D Liberator bomber, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. ...

  • John Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    TSgt. John Carrol was killed in action (KIA) on Operation Tidal Wave onboard the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. ...

  • Edgar Faith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. ...

  • John Jerstad

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Major John Jerstad was Killed In Action (KIA) on Operation Tidal Wave onboard the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench. ...

  • Alfred Pezzella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. ...

  • George Reuter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    KIA over Ploesti, Romania Aug 1 1943: I grew up knowing him as "Uncle Bud". He was known as "Bud" to his family. He had two sisters, and twin brothers. He was the second oldest child of my great grandparents. ...

  • Morton Stafford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. ...

  • William Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt. Willam O. Wood was Killed In Action (KIA) during Operation Tidal wave onboard the B-24D Liberator, Hell's Wench, 42-40994. 1 Aug 43. ...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40994 Hell's Wench

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40994, Hell's Wench, was shot down and crashed, over Ploesti, Romania, on Operation Tidal Wave. All crewmen were Killed In Action - 10 KIA. Aug 1, 1943 ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spencer, Mass
Died 1 August 1943

Il Concordia Vega Refinery, Ploesti

Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 11:02:43 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
Sources

The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2019 14:34:45 Emily Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Report, 93rd Bomb group

ABMC

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC MACR 331 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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