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Lete

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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

  • Neville Benson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Neville C. Bensen took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. 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...

  • Alfred Cason

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Gunner Sgt. Alfred D. Cason DFC MIA/KIA ...

  • Gilbert Hadley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    First Lieutenant Gilbert Benny Hadley was a B-24D Liberator bomber pilot with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 344th Bombing Squadron, from Texas, based at Cairo, Egypt, Tobruk, and Benghazi, Libya, in the Mediterranean...

  • Ronald Helder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24D Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder was a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bombing Squadron in WWII. He flew as Co-pilot with his friend, Command Pilot Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, in the B-24D Lt. Helder called, 'Ole Kickapoo',...

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

  • Lindley Hussey

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Lindley Hussey was the pilot of the B-24D liberator bomber, #41-11886, named, 'Lil Joe', lost on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid. As Lt. Hussey, flying in Flight 3 behind the fist two flights ahead of him, approached his target, he took...

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II, for his...

  • Joseph LaBranche

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-11825.

  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew his B-24D, he named 'The Squaw' on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at...

  • Bernard Leimbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    First Lieutenant Bernard "Bernie" Elmer Leimbach flew on the mission to Ploesti, Romania, and served as the replacement Navigator on the B-24D Liberator bomber, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', SN #42-40364 Y. He was Killed in Action (KIA) on the...

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Aircraft

  • 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. - Transferred temporarily to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti,...

  • 41-24226 JOISEY BOUNCE - UTAH MAN

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, SN #41-24226, JOISEY BOUNCE, was assigned to Pilot Col. Walter T. Stewart of the 330 Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, for the famous mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed his assigned...

  • 42-40402 THE SANDMAN

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, THE SANDMAN, was flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, on Operation Tidal Wave, the famous mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. SANDMAN...

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

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'THE PINK ELEPHANT', SN #42-40364, flown by Capt. James A. Gunn and was the second B-24D, also named, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group - "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. The...

  • 41-24198 THE VULGAR VIRGIN - HELL FROM HEAVEN - SHOOT YOU'RE FADED

    B-24 Liberator
    - Not to be confused with Lt. Claude A. Turner's 42-40608, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, of the 8th Air Force - the 93rd Bomb Group - and the 328th Bomb Squadron from Britain and joined the 9th Air force in Benghazi, Libya, to help destroy the oil refineries...

  • 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 in North Africa during WWII. ...

  • 42-40664 Honey Chile, Teggie Ann, Liberandos

    B-24 Liberator
    Not to be mistaken for the B-24D # 41-11613, named, 'Florine JuJu' / '71 Liberandos' / '71 Teggie Ann' / '71 The Blue Streak'. ...

  • 41-11825 HAIL COLUMBIA - LITTLE CHIEF-BIG DOG - GRUMPY - HAIL COLUMBIA

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, HAIL COLUMBIA, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to the 344th Squadron's CO, as Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb...

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, SN # 41-11768, 'KICKAPOO', was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane was...

  • 41-23661 'Black Jack'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, #41-23661, 'Black Jack', was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, in North Africa. 'BLACK JACK' flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission, piloted by Delbert H. Hahn. After...

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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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