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Harold K Kendall

Military

Harold Kendall was assigned to the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron and flew missions from England until the 93rd was temporarily assigned to fly out of North Africa in support of the Allied forces in that theater. On February 25, 1943, B-24 41-23740 'Red Ass', piloted by Lt Jacob (Jake) Epting and with 14 other men on board, including Kendall was forced to land in Spanish Morocco for lack of fuel. The crew was interned in Spain. Chapter 10 of "Ted's Travelling Circus" chronicles their adventures in this incident and it is also mentioned in Top Turret gunner Ben Kuroki's story at http://www.ploesti.com/Kuroki%20Book%202-10.pdf . Harold Kendall flew as Epting's Co-Pilot on #41-24105 "Tupelo Lass" and later had a crew of his own. He was Pilot of # 41-24215 "Lucky" on the 1 August 1943 mission to the Ploesti oil installations, Rumania. Page 228 of "Ted's Travelling Circus" tells about Kendall in that raid. The hydrautic system had been shot away and he successfully landed his plane 'Lucky' on a liberated Sicilian, Italy, airfield. P-40s that were mended and sitting on the airstrip were damaged in Kendall's landing. His crew was pronounced safe.
Harold Kendall died in an aviation accident on 31 December 1967. He and 3 other men ("Tabe Ranria, Alfred Harmon and Juan Pedro Felix") were flying in a small plane and it disappeared without a trace, into the Gulf of California.

Service

People

  • Thomas Baker

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, Baker flew as a passenger B24 41-23740. 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in...

  • John Colvin

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Co pilot 41-24125, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Elmer Dawley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    26 February 1943 B-24 41-23734 'Night Raider' crashed landed on return to Britain with 3 crew members wounded in action. Dawley was wounded as he was unconscious. The landing was at RAF Ludham, Norfolk. All crew members were returned to action and...

  • Lyman Dulin

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, Dulin was a passenger on B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in...

  • Jacob Epting

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Jacob Epting is listed as Jake Jr. in the US 1940 census and his Father as Jake. NARA’s WWII Enlistment records have him as Jacob. Jacob/Jake Jr graduated from Tupelo High School in 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in early 1941, he trained...

  • William Fitzsimmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24215.

  • James Goodgion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24215.

  • Alex Halbridge

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to fly out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, B-24 #41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this incident....

  • George Hastings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24215.

  • James Holliday

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to fly out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this incident....

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24215 'Lucky' 'Dogpatch Raider'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #41-24215 'Lucky Gordon', sometimes called just 'Lucky', was originally an aircraft of the 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily. After returning to the ETO and further missions...

  • 41-23740 Red Ass

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group, B-24H #41-23740 had been flown from the United States and delivered to the 2nd Bomb Wing on 2 December 1942. On 25 February 1943, the Liberator, piloted by 93rd BG pilot Jacob B. Epting, was being ferried from Port...

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 Iowa, United States 19 July 1917
Lived in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, United States 1941
Enlisted Des Moines, Iowa, United States 29 September 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

Captured and interned 25 February 1943 – May 1943

Arrested like the other men on board B-24 #41-23740 crash-landed in Spanish Morocco. Interned in Spain, he and the others were released and got back to England

Died Gulf of California 31 December 1967

in an aviation accident off the coast of California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2021 01:29:54 decwriter Changes to service number and awards
Sources

NARA files verified officer number, DFC w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster and AM w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters. His second DFC was earned on the low level Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 1943. He earned at least one bronze star device on the EAME Campaign Medal.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2016 14:12:30 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
The "Pasadena Independent", 2 January 1968

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' Dugan & Stewart, Ted's Travelling Circus 93rd BG by Cal Stewart Chapter 10and p. 228, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 80 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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