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41-24226

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, SN #41-24226, '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's name from, 'Joisey Bounce' to 'Utah Man', for the mission, to underscore his Utah Morman background to all the Texans in the 98th Bomb Group. Col. Stewart, the Deputy Commander of the 93rd Bomb Group took command of the 93rd Bomb Group over Ploesti after his Group Leader, Col. Addison Baker and copilot, Maj. John Jerstad, were shot down and killed in 'Hell's Wench', approaching their target of opportunity, White IV, the Astra Romano refinery. Stewart in 'Utah Man' was one of several pilots who had elected to follow his Group leader, Col. Addison Baker in 'Hell's Wench' who turned north and west back to Ploesti after Gen. Ent, the mission commander, had ordered his pilot, Col. K.K. Compton, to turn away from Ploesti at his IP, instead of turning north to bomb his assigned target refinery. After successfully bombing White IV, ahead of the 98th Bomb Group, Stewart and his following B-24s flew right through the 98th's formation of aircraft and then turned south and followed the 98th's Group leader, Col. John Kane in 'Hail Columbia', away from Ploesti, and returned to the island of Cyprus ahead of Col. Kane in his struggling Lead aircraft, 'Hail Columbia', Lt. Royden LeBrecht in "The Squaw' and Lt. Gilbert Hadley in 'Hadley's Harem'. But Hadley never made it home. He drowned, caught in his plane after ditching the 'Harem' in the ocean just off the Turkish coast, out of gasoline before getting all the way to Nicosia, Cyprus. They all flew home to Benghazi the next day after the Ploesti raid, minus "Gib" Hadley and his crew, KIA, in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast with the exception of three crewmen, who survived the ditching and swam to shore.

After the Ploesti raid, 'Joisey Bounce' was returned to Britain with the rest of the 93rd Bomb Group. Walter Stewart's name, the 'Utah Man', on the right side of the nose, was repainted back to, 'Joisey Bounce'. Later, flying out of Britain, 'Joisey Bounce' failed to return (FTR) from a mission to Bremen and was lost. En route to target, the 'Bounce' suffered a mid air collision with the B-24 #42-40765, the 'Valient Virgin' with ten crewmen KIA. - Nov 13, 1943. MACR 2179.

Col. Stewart and his crew returned to Fort Worth, Texas, in the B-24D, 'Bomerang', with Lt. Royden LeBrecht and his crew, flying their plane, 'The Squaw', and Lt. John S. Young and his crew, flying the B-24D, 'The Blue Streak', for a war bond tour of America, from 1944 to 1945.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-40765 'Valient Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-95-CO - #42-40765 delivered Tucson. May, 1943. Allocated to 8th AF (UGLY). Assigned to 93rd BG, 329th BS. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 41-11761 'Sleepy' - 'The Squaw'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-11761, was first named, 'Sleepy', and, later, renamed, 'The Squaw'. It flew on the famous Ploesti bombing mission, returning to Cyprus, piloted by Lt. Royden L. Lebrecht. After Ploesti and and the completion of his ...

  • 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...

  • 41-11768 'KICKAPOO'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, SN # 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 was...

  • 42-40629 'The Scorpion'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator 42-40629, 'The Scorpion', with the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, "Operation Tidal Wave" piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bartlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Caplan

    Military | Sergeant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #42-24226 'Utah Man', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Connolly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Also had flown on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43

  • Robert Cox

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4224226 'Utah Man. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Cummings

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Joseph Doyle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4224226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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...

  • Paul Johnston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Was shot down by enemy aircraft while on a bombing run to Bremen, Germany. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man' as it was spiraling down. Prisoner of War (POW) from Nov. 1943-May 1945.

  • Loren Koon

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Major

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

Places

  • 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....

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hardwick, Cambridge CB23, UK 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bremen, Germany 13 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, en route to target suffered a mid air collision with B-24 42-40765. 10 x KIA. 13-Nov-43. MACR 2179.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2021 02:56:38 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2021 02:50:48 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 08:22:06 Kickapoo Changes to mission associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 08:11:41 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:23:07 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Into the Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:21:18 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Into The fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 17:29:47 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 22:56:48 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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He Brought Us Home -- Capt. John S. Young

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 22:28:53 Kickapoo Changes to description, aircraft associations, person associations and place associations
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Black Sunday -- Michael Hill Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 22:11:18 Kickapoo Changes to description
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He Brought Us Home -- Capt. John S. Young

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2019 08:34:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2019 07:36:55 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

B24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 17:04:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, description, events, aircraft associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-24226
https://www.fold3.com/image/28614404

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 12:17:40 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 12:15:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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

MACR 2179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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