1LT Worthington Alfred Franks

1LT Worthington Alfred Franks

Birth
Charlotte, Atascosa County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 23)
Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 55903192 · View Source
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Navigator 1st/Lt. Worthington A. Franks
Hometown: Galveston, Tex
Squadron: 345th BS 98th Bomb Group
Service# O-662038
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot 1st/Lt. John J. Dore Jr. SS DFC MIA/KIA

Target; Low level mission to destroy Rumanian Oil Fields August 1 1943. Ploesti.
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 42-40102
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: T
Aircraft Name: OLD BALDY
Location: Lost near the target, Ploesti
Cause: AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm Crew 10 10KIA

Lt. Franks lost his life in action while on duty with the 98th Bomb Group for "Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the crew of OLD BALDY destroy Rumanian oil refineries. Lt. Franks was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on this mission.

Lt. Franks appears Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery Florence, Italy his remains were never recovered or identified.

Crew of OLD BALDY
1st/Lt. John J. Dore Jr. Pilot
2nd/Lt. John B. Stallings Co Pilot
1st/Lt. Worthington A Franks Navigator
1st/Lt. Joseph E. Finneran Bombardier
T/Sgt. Frank Ardith Norris Engineer
T/Sgt. Max W. Lower Engineer
S/Sgt. Joseph Rocco Iosco Gunner
S/Sgt. Ray L. Gleason Gunner
S/Sgt. Wesley L. Jones Gunner
S/Sgt. Stanley L. Packer Gunner


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55903192
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Worthington Alfred Franks (4 Nov 1919–1 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55903192, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .