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This photo is the B-24D, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' - SN #41- 24198 - 9th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group, 344th Bomb Squadron, flown by command pilot Lt. Wallace C. Taylor. Lt. Taylor, flying in the center of Flight Five, the last of the four flights behind Col. John Kane in 'Hail Columbia', entered a wall of smoke over White IV behind 'Hail Columbia' and several other B-24s. When the small group of B-24s exited the smoke, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN" was gone. It was shot down and lost Over the Astra Romano refinery after taking two direct flak hits. Approaching the smoke cloud, Lt. Taylor called for bailout over White IV. He was the only one of the four crewmen who bailed out at the low altitude of approximately 200 to 500 feet, who survived and became a prisoner of war - POW. The rest of the crew were KIA - August 1, 1943

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note - Another B-24D flown on the Ploesti mission, was also named, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN'. It was aircraft SN #42-40608 from Britain and the 8th Air force - the 93rd Bomb Group - and the 328th Bomb Squadron. It was flown by Lt. Claude Alvin Turner from the 8th Air Force. Lt. Turner and his crew survived the Ploesti mission, were hit by flak over their target and flew to Chorlu, Turkey, where they landed and were interned after the Ploesti mission, Aug 1, 1943. Lt. Turner and his navigator escaped from the Turks and returned to the 8th Air Force after the Ploesti mission.

After returning to Britain, Lt. Turner and his crew were shot down and KIA over the North Sea, Nov 13, 1943.

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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...

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  • Wallace Taylor

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Lt. Wallace C. Taylor was assigned to 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force in the USAAF in WWII. He flew the B-24D bomber named, 'The Vulgar Virgin' # 41-24198 on the famous bombing mission to destroy the German oil...

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  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ----- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ----- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ----- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle of August 1, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-24198' ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle of August 1, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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Best Web - B-24 - '4124198' - 'The Vulgar Virgin' ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of August 1, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40608

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Association to the mission removed. The picture does not depict the mission. The mission should be associated to the specific aircraft record.

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B-24 - Best Web - #42-40608 - Lt. Claude Turner

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WWII Photos - #41-24198

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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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Personal Archives - John Simmons Young Jr

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B-24 - Best Web

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Association to the mission removed. The picture does not depict the mission. The mission should be associated to the specific aircraft record.

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Military B-24 Aircraft # 41-24198 The Vulgar Virgin

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B-24 aircraft - #41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin

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B-24 aircraft - #41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin

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