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Howard Oliver Ford

Military

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti mission in the B-24D, Honkey Tonk Gal, 42-40265. Prisoner of War (POW). 1-Aug-43. MACR 330.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, ACM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Hubert Womble

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Hubert Womble was assigned to the 409th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force at Hethel, U.K. in 1942. He was temporarily detached (TDY) from the 8th, to the 9th Air Force and moved to Benghazi, Libya. He flew one mission to Rome...

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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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40265 - Honkey Tonk Gal - Naked Truth

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40265, named, Honkey Tonk Gal, crash landed while participating with the 9th Air Force in north Africa, for the Ploesti bombing mission. Lost on Operation Tidal Wave. 1 Aug 43. - MACR 330. - Pilot Hubert H. Womble. Upon leaving the...

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...

Associated Place

  • Oudna

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Prince George's County, MD 24 January 1912

Son of Oliver Waters and Lillian Lee [Howard] Ford.

Enlisted Baltimore, MD 15 May 1942

Baltimore, Maryland

Based Oudna 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Bucharest, Romania 1 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW) Crash landed on 1-Aug-43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Honky Tonk Gal' 42-40265 Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania

Died 20 June 1962
Buried Mount Carmel Cemetery Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, MD 24 June 1962

Mount Carmel Cemetery
Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2022 17:49:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33191361/howard-oliver-ford

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2022 01:52:25 decwriter Changes to highest rank, biography and awards
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Updated awards, rank and bio.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33191361/howard-oliver-ford

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2022 17:19:40 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33191361/howard-oliver-ford

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2022 16:55:12 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33191361/howard-oliver-ford

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2022 09:12:30 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Removed punctuation marks from around aircraft name for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2020 19:45:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/177684041
https://www.fold3.com/record/86888907-howard-o-ford
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33191361/howard-oliver-ford

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 20:39:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 13:22:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 330

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