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41-23711

B-24 Liberator

Although the B-24D Liberator, SN #41-23771, named, 'Jerk's Natural', was part of the 8th Air Force based in Britain, the the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, it spent time on detached service to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, hence the presence of the RAF fin flash on many of the 93rd Bomb Group's Liberators, a common marking in the early days of the MTO but not in the ETO. First, assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, it was on TDY to the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. This aircraft flew on the Ploesti mission piloted by Lt. William F. Stein, diverting safely to Sicily. Aug 1, 1943.

The aircraft was damaged over Austria on a bombing mission to the Wiener Neustadt Bf-109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on October 1st, 1943. 9 KIA 1 POW MACR 3301. Lost AUT - MACR 3301 - Pilot William F. Stein

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 1 Aug '43 raid on Ploesti. On 9 Mar 1944 B-24J 42-100320 crashed S of Attleborough, Norfolk on the return from a mission to Hanover/Brunswick, GR. RTD.

  • Willard Babcock

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Philip Bedwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ...

  • Naum Diltz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23711.

  • Lester Eby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 #41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. 'Jerks Natural' was damaged over Austria on mission to Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on October 1st, 1943. KIA. MACR 3301.

  • Cleveland Hickman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Flew as pilot of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural' on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted safely to Sicily. ...

  • John Jerstad

    Military | Major | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' ...

  • Jack Kasparian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Crew member of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. ...

  • John McDonough

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Bombardier of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. 'Jerks Natural' was damaged over Austria on mission to Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on October 1st, 1943. KIA. MACR 3301.

  • Kermit Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23711.

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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

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew the Aug. 1, 1943, Ploesti mission, diverting safely to Sicily.

Failed to Return (FTR) Yugoslavia 1 October 1943

A/C was damaged over Austria on mission to Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory and crashed in Yugoslavia on October 1st, 1943. 9 KIA 1 POW MACR 3301.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF, TDY 9th.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2021 03:24:56 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best web - B-24 - # 41-23711

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2021 02:57:10 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - ' Jerk's Natural '

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2021 02:18:28 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - #41-23771

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2021 02:15:37 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - #41-23771

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 11:03:05 Lucy May Changes to place associations
Sources

Took off from Hardwick on 1 Oct 1943 mission: https://www.fold3.com/image/28650502

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 09:46:11 jrugman Changes to markings and person associations
Sources

Page 69, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 21:06:38 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 3301

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 18:18:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and nicknames
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 3301

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 17:51:15 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 3301

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3301 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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