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Gordon E Ackley


Joined 6/19/43.
DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24211.

DS/Tunis 9/16/43.

On October 1, 1943, when he was wounded, the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC. On a mission to Weiner Neustadt, 41-24009 'Margaret Ann' was attacked by flak and fighters. Losing #1 radio and hydrolic systems, Pilot Kessler landed at a Canadian base outside of Bari, Italy. Spent a few days at the base working on the plane.

Returned to Base via ATC 10/4/43. Returned to England.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24211 'Wing and a Prayer'

    B-24 Liberator
    A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by 1st Lt Walter T Holmes and returned safely to Libya.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Mankato, Minn


Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 12:18:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp. 133-134