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Harold Kretzer


Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.


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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24015 'Wing Dinger'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Lost near the target Ploesti, 1st Aug 43. Reported that the plane was afire as pilot 1st Lt George W Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out. 7 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 2410.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Clarks Grove, Minnesota
Killed in action 1 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2020 09:31:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2410