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Isaac A Flesher


Joined Sqd 3/31/42.
ETO/Queen Mary 9/5/42.
WIA 5/14/43 (Kiel).
DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43.
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23813.
Returned to base 8/26/43.
DS/Tunis 9/16/43.
Returned to base 10/12/43.
Completed tour 11/18/43.
DS 2/27/44.
Returned to base 3/18/44.
Trans/12 RCD 4/14/44.

Pilot: Hughes.

DFC 2Oak Leaf Cluster/ ADSR/ DUB/ PH/ EAMEC 4BS/ 3 Overseas Service Bars


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


  • 41-23813 'Victory Ship'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'Victory Ship', SN # 41-23813, was assigned to the 8th Air force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Gridley, Illinois 19 June 1920
Died 20 August 1998
Buried East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 14:55:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2017 11:41:07 Lucy May Changes to service number and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd/ wife/ documents