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Ploesti Raid Unknown Identified

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
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    "A US Air Force Airman who died in Romania during World War II have officially been accounted for. The remains of Charles G. McMackin, 26, who perished during Operation TIDAL WAVE, were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
    McMackin was born on February 23, 1917 and grew up in Revere, Massachusetts, north of Boston. Following the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served under the rank of Staff Sergeant.
    McMackin was assigned to the 68th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force during the summer of 1943. On August 1, 1943, he and others boarded a B-24D Liberator nicknamed “Satan’s Hell Cats” and traveled from the Libyan desert to Romania. However, the aircraft crashed after suffering enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation Tidal Wave, the largest bombing mission against Axis refineries and oil fields in Ploiesti, Romania.
    All nine crew members aboard the aircraft were killed in the crash. McMackin’s remains were not identified and buried along with other Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery in Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania.
    For his efforts, he was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.
    Following the conclusion of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) disinterred all the American remains from the cemetery for identification. However, more than 80 were unable to be identified, including McMackin, and were interred at Ardennes American Cemetery and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
    In 2017, the DPAA exhumed the Unknowns associated with Operation TIDAL WAVE and sent them to the DPAA Laboratory at Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska for examination and identification.
    McMackin was officially identified on August 17, 2020, with news of the identification being released on November 17, 2021. To identify his remains, scientists with the DPAA used anthropological and dental analysis, while scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis."

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