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Benina

Military site : airfield

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Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

People

  • Adolph Aguirre

    Military | Sergeant | AR | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) while TDY to 9th AF. B-24 #41-23817 'Suzy Q' believed to have crashed and burned on beach at Cape Stilo, Italy. WOM North Africa

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • Andrew Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti mission in B-24 42-40663 'Maternity Ward'. Survived the ditching and 15 x days in a dingy with pilot John V Ward. Washed up on Italian held isaland Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 224 ...

  • Robert Austin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: PH.

  • Clement Badeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Clement Badeau was assigned to the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in North Africa. He was in Lt. Glen Underwood's crew in the B-24D, 41-11921, Northern Star - Doc, and flew with them on the Ploesti bombing...

  • Paul Baskis

    Military | Master Sergeant | B-24 Crew Chief | 98th Bomb Group
    Master Sgt. Crew Chief Paul Baskis was assigned to the B-24D Liberator, 41-11761, named, The Squaw. ...

  • Walter Bateman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) while TDY to 9th AF. B24 41-23817 'Suzy Q' believed to have crashed and burned on beach at Cape Stilo, Italy. p. 235

  • Francis Beatty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters...

  • Theodore Beaudry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24, 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane,...

  • J Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

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Aircraft

  • 41-23817 - Suzy Q

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Suzy Q, flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost along with the 67th's plane,...

  • 41-24226 - Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, Joisey Bounce, was assigned to Pilot Lt. Walter Travis Stewart in the the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, for the large mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed...

  • 42-40371 'GI Gal'

    B-24 Liberator
    Departed target Ploesti, with part of a wing shot off, A/C emerged into a crisscrossing of ships, was unable to catch up with any of the improvised formations ahead and so was a tempting target. Me 109s pounced and shot away most of the tail turret,...

  • 42-40612 42-40612 - Euroclydon The Storm

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, flown by Command Pilot Lt. Enoch M. Porter and Copilot Lt. Joe Boswell. Just after dropping it's bombs, Euroclydon The Storm, took two...

  • 42-40995 'Satan's Hell Cats'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti - two miles after target, seen to be on fire in the waist and immediately thereafter A/C skimmed top of woods and crashed on other side of woods and exploded. Attacking...

  • 42-72857 - Star Spangled Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-72857, named, Star Spangled Hell, was assigned to the 506th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF, temporarily attached to 9th Air Force, USAAF, TDY to Benghazi, Libya, North Africa. The...

  • 42-40402 - The Sandman

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, named, The Sandman, was named, and flown, by Lt. Robert Sternfels and his co-pilot, Lt. Barney Jackson, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, on Operation Tidal Wave, the famous mission to...

  • 42-40364 - The Pink Elephant - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. First named, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was the second B-24D, that was later renamed, Snow White and the Seven...

  • 41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin - Hell From Heaven - Shoot You're Faded

    B-24 Liberator
    - The B-24D, 41-24198, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, was one of 2 B-24Ds in the MTO based at Benghazi, Libya, with identical nose art pictures, and both named, The Vulgar Virgin, this one, 41-24198, flown...

  • 41-11819 - Raunchy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Raunchy, 41-11819, was in the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, based at Benghazi, Libya, North Africa, in early 1943. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 03:21:23 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benina_International_Airport

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