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Lete

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Detailed history

Lete was used by the USAAF during the Eastern Desert Campaign in 1943.

The precise location of the airfield is unknown

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Service

People

  • Herbert Arens

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Herbert W. Arens was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11803, named, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, on the mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti,...

  • Neville Benson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Neville C. Bensen took part in Operation Tidal Wave, over Ploesti, Romania, on 1 Aug 43. He was a waist gunner in the Element Lead B-24D Liberator, 41-11825, Hail Columbia, piloted by Col. John R. "Killer" Kane and Lt. John S. Young. He survived...

  • Alfred Cason

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-24 Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Alfred David Cason was a gunner on the B-24D, Raunchy, flown on Operation Tidal Wave by Lt. Sam Neeley. Both Lt. Neeley and Sgt. Cason were Killed In Action (KIA) over Ploesti when their B-24D, Raunchy, hit a barrage balloon cable explosive. 1...

  • Charles Cavit

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Capt. Charles Cavit was assigned to the 567th BS, the 389th BG, in the 8th AF, USAAF. TDY to the 9th AF for the Ploesti mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24D, 41-11776, Bashful. 1-Aug-43. A/C set afire over target, crashed south of Ploesti...

  • John D'Amour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Staff Sgt. John D'Amour was killed in action (KIA) after being reassigned as a replacement gunner, from the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, reassigned to Lt. John S. Young's regular B-24D, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, as part of the 344th Bomb...

  • Paul Davidson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Staff Sgt. Paul Davidson was a crew member and a gunner on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti. 1 Aug 43. His pilot and plane diverted to Cypress, and returned to base at Benghazi, Libya. 3 Aug 43. later, he ...

  • James Deeds

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. James Deeds, flew the B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40991, named, Kate Smith, in Operation Tidal Wave at Ploesti, Romania. He was shot down over the refineries at Ploesti, 1 Aug 43. Kate Smith, took a direct hit on the cockpit while flying over...

  • Donald Di Coscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was a B-24D bombardier on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the...

  • Eugene Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Crew member Staff Sgt. Eugene Robert Garner flew on Operation Tidal Wave. He was assigned as part of a replacement crew from the 8th Air Force, for John Young's B-24D, Kickapoo, from the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force....

  • Gilbert Hadley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Gilbert Ben "Gib" Hadley was born and raised in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was the son of Perry Arthur Hadley and Beulah Pearl Bacastow, born 6-May-21. Kansas was his home and enlistment state, and Cowley County was included within the archival record. ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-11613 - The Blue Streak - Florine JuJu - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-11613, that was in the 376th Bomb Group, had several names : Florine JuJu - The Blue Streak - Liberandos - Teggie Ann. It should not be mistaken for another B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, which was flown on the...

  • 41-23778 - Jenny - Lady Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23778, was, first, named, Jenny. when it was in the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bombing Squadron in Britain, in 1942. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force and sent to Benghazi, Libya...

  • 41-24147 - The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. It was detached, transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil...

  • 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...

  • 42-40735 - Sand Witch

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24-D-90-CO, 42-40735, was (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, from the 8th Air Force in Britain, and flown down to Benghazi, North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, flying in the 389th Bomb Group, and the 566th Bomb Squadron, to bomb...

  • 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 8th Air Force ...

  • 42-40775 Wolf Wagon

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator 42-40775 Wolf Wagon in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Kenneth H.Matson, returning safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2019 12:57:45 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, history, person associations and aircraft associations
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Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II

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