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41-24198

B-24 Liberator

- Not to be confused with #42-40608, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' of the 8th Air Force - 93rd Bomb Group - 328th Bomb Squadron - It also flew on the Ploesti mission, piloted by Lt. Claude Turner - Interned Turkey Aug 1, 1943 - Lt. Turner escaped from the Turks and returned to Britain to the 8th Air Force. Claude Turner, and his 'Vulgar Virgin', SN # 42-40306, was shot down by an FW-190 fighter over the North Sea after a mission to Bremen, Germany. - Pilot and crew KIA, Nov 13, 1943.

The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-24198, was also named, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN', with more names on it's tail added later : 'Hell From Heaven' and 'Shoot You're Faded'. # 41-24198, was flown by Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group,"The Pyramiders", and the 344th Bomb Squadron flown from the U.S. Air Base at Benghazi, Libya. Lt. Taylor and his B-24D, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN', also flew on Operation Tidal Wave while on TDY to the 9th Air Force and the 98th Bomb Group. Their target was "White IV", the Astra Romano refinery. As the two groups, the 98th and the 44th Bomb Groups, led by Col. John R. Kane and Col. Leon Johnson, respectively, approached their targets, the entire area was already on fire and compromised by the flames, smoke, and exploding delayed action bombs previously dropped by the 93rd Bomb Group out of the attack plan. When the 98th bomb Group, led by Col. Kane, entered a wall of smoke and flames over the Astra Romano refinery complex, Wallace Taylor's B-24, #41-24198, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN', did not reappear coming out of the smoke. It was shot down and lost over their target. The only survivor from #41-24198 was Pilot Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, who bailed out, was captured, and became a POW. MACR166

On 15 October 1945, Pilot Capt. Wallace Taylor, O-729382, was interrogated by 1St. Lt. Lucille Caldwell and the following was stated:

'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' was flying as lead aircraft in “E” section of the 98th Bomb Group attacking formation. Over the target the bomber took a direct flak hit in the nose section and burst into flames. Capt. Taylor pulled out of the formation and reported, "I immediately called the nose and tail, over the interphone, but could not contact either one. I then gave the bail out order and rang the alarm bell. I saw the co-pilot, engineer, and assistant engineer bail out. I do not know what happened to the other members of the crew. I bailed out and landed in the vicinity of Ploesti. I left the plane when those with me were out and it was impossible to stay longer in the flames and heat.”
Crew : F/O Paul W. Packer, Co-pilot [KIA], 1st Lt. Jack K. Wood, Navigator [KIA], 1st. Lt. Robert N. Austin, Bombardier [KIA], T/Sgt. Gerald E. Rabb, Engineer/top gunner, [KIA], T/Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, Radio Operator/left waist gunner [KIA], S/Sgt. Ralph M. Robbins, Gunner/asst. engineer [KIA], S/St. Louis Kaiser, Right waist gunner [KIA], S/Sgt. Donald H. Duchene, Tail gunner [KIA], Sgt. Arthur B. Van Kleek, Tunnel gunner, [KIA].

'THE VULGAR VIRGIN', likely photographed at Benina, Libya, 1943, was a Consolidated B-24D Liberator - B-24D-20-CO - SN #41-24198 - of the USAAF’s 9the Air Force in Libya, the 98th Bomb Group, the "Pyramiders", and the 344th Bomb Squadron. Until September 1943 the "Pyramiders" were under the 9th Air Force and after this date were under command of the 12th Air Force. Beginning on 1 November 1943, the “Pyramiders” came under newly-established 15th Air Force and moved to Southern Italy. But “THE VULGAR VIRGIN” and its crew never viewed this events because they were on one of the aircraft lost in the low level raid to Ploesti on 1 August 1943. On that day, 47 B-24 Liberators took off for the raid against the Ploesti oil refineries. Only 21 returned safely. 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN', flying as the lead aircraft in the "E" Section of the 98th's formation, took a direct hit in the nose section by flak over the target and burst into flames. The pilot pulled out of formation and ordered a bail out. It is believed they were still too low for the chutes to open and only the pilot, Wallace Taylor, one of the four who got out, survived. This was the crew’s fate: Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, Pilot (POW), F/O Paul W. Packer, CoPilot (KIA), 1st Lt. Jack K. Wood, Navigator (KIA), 1st Lt. Robert N. Austin, Bombardier (KIA), T/Sgt. Gerald E. Rabb, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner (KIA), T/Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, Radio Operator/Left Waist Gunner (KIA), S/Sgt. Ralph M. Robbins, Gunner/Asst. Eng. (KIA), S/Sgt. Louis Kaiser, Right Waist Gunner (KIA), S/Sgt. Donald H. Duchene, Tail Gunner (KIA), Sgt. Arthur B. Van Kleek, Tunnel Gunner (KIA). Aug 1, 1943.

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24226 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D '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, Aug 1,1943. Col. Stewart changed his assigned plane...

  • 42-40402 'The Sandman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'The Sandman' and flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, flew on the famous mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Lt. Sternfels flew in...

  • 41-24198 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' - 'Hell From Heaven' - 'Shoot You're Faded'

    B-24 Liberator
    - Not to be confused with #42-40608, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' of the 8th Air Force - 93rd Bomb Group - 328th Bomb Squadron - It also flew on the Ploesti mission, piloted by Lt. Claude Turner - Interned Turkey Aug 1, 1943 - Lt. Turner escaped from the...

  • 41-24311 'Hadley's Harem'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'Hadley's Harem' was Lt. Gilbert Hadley's personal airplane and the one he flew on the mission to destroy Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti Romania in 1943. ...

  • 41-11825 'Hail Columbia' 'Grumpy' 'Little Chief Big Dog'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 'Hail Columbia', # 41-11825, originally served in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was, first, the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...

  • 42-40608 'The Vulgar Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
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  • 41-11768 'KICKAPOO'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator 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 and was Lt...

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...

People

  • 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.

  • Donald Duchene

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 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: DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), PH.

  • 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...

  • Raymond Hubbard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Raymond B. Hubbard was assigned to the 9th Air force, the 98th Bombardment Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron in Libya, North Africa, 1943. He took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying as a Waist Gunner and...

  • Louis Kaiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 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: DFC (OLC), PH.

  • 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...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Harold Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. He flew on the famous mission, Operation Tidal Wave, Aug 1, 1943, to knock out the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. ...

  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24 Command pilot of the B-24D, #4111761, The 'Squaw' in North Africa in 1942-43. Lt. Lebrecht flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the Aug 1 1943 Ploesti raid, with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, and the 344th...

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert James Nespor, Jr. was a B-24D command bomber pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 330th Bombing Squadron. For the huge mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on Operation...

  • Paul Packer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 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: DFC, PH.

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Places

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned 1943

344th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force.

Failed To Return (FTR) Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Lost on the low-level Ploesti, Rumania mission on August 1, 1943. 1 x POW 9 x KIA. MACR 166

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 12:00:58 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' - 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN'

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04 April 2021 11:55:05 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' - 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN'

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04 April 2021 11:29:22 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle of August 1, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2021 20:02:26 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description, aircraft associations and person associations
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B-24 - Best Web - SN # 41-24198 - 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' - 'HELL FROM HEAVEN' - 'SHOOT YOU'RE FADED'

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 23:37:07 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web - # 41-24198 - 'The Vulgar Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 22:57:21 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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B-24 - Best Web - # 41-24198 (PIC 4)

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06 February 2021 22:53:11 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - #41-24198 'The Vulgar Virgin' - Fuselage - PIC 4

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06 February 2021 22:11:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web - #41-24298

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31 January 2021 00:24:35 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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31 January 2021 00:19:55 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, aircraft associations and place associations
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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29 January 2021 03:35:47 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into the Fire - Duane Schultz

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26 December 2020 18:28:06 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events and aircraft associations
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Date Contributor Update
20 December 2020 02:25:16 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description, person associations and place associations
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Military B-24 Aircraft - # 41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin

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20 December 2020 02:06:57 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 Aircraft - # 41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2020 00:01:25 Kickapoo Changes to description
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www.ww2In color.com > u-s-air-force > B-24D Vulgar Virgin

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2020 04:30:22 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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19 December 2020 04:16:08 Kickapoo Changes to markings and unit associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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19 December 2020 04:09:54 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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19 December 2020 04:05:45 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and aircraft associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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19 December 2020 03:46:48 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Preserving the Past II -- Clarence Simonsen

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13 March 2015 14:38:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 14:34:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
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