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41-24198

B-24 Liberator

- The B-24D, 41-24198, named, The Vulgar Virgin, flown by Capt. Wallace Taylor, in the 9th AF, the 98th BG, and the 344th BS, based in Benghazi, Libya, should not be confused with Lt. Claude A. Turner's B-24D, 42-40608, also named, The Vulgar Virgin, in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, from Britain, with exactly the same nose art as aircraft, 41-24198, flown by it's pilot, Capt. Wallace Taylor, who bailed out of, 41-24198, over Ploesti, was taken prisoner (POW) and survived the Ploesti mission.

Along with the rest of the 8th Air Force, Lt. Claude Turner's B-24D, 42-40608, was sent from the U.K. to North Africa, and was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, to help destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti. Lt. Claude Turner, pilot of, 42-40608, also flew on the Ploesti mission. Lt. Turner's, Vulgar Virgin, was damaged by flak over it's target and was interned (INT) in Turkey. Aug 1, 1943. Lt. Turner and his bombardier, escaped from the Turks, and both men returned to Britain to the 8th Air Force (RTD).
Later, back in Britain, Lt. Claude Turner, flying another B-24D, Birmingham Blitzkrieg, was shot down and killed (KIA) by an FW-190 fighter over the North Sea after a mission to Bremen, Germany. - Pilot Turner and all of his crewmen were killed, KIA. Nov 13, 1943. 10 KIA

~ Note : To add to the confusion between these two B-24Ds, 42-40608 and 41-24198, is the fact that BOTH of the airplanes' names and nose art were exact copies of the same Vargas Art painting, and were painted with their identical names and nose art, exactly the same, on both airplanes.

Capt. Wallace C. Taylor's B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-24198, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, The Pyramiders, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, and also flown from Lete Air Base at Benghazi, Libya, and was named, The Vulgar Virgin, with the same name and Vargas nose art of a beautiful woman, with even more names on it's tail, added later : Hell From Heaven, and, Shoot You're Faded. Capt. Taylor also flew his "twin" B-24D, The Vulgar Virgin, on Operation Tidal Wave while in the 9th Air Force's 98th Bomb Group. Taylor's 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 Ploesti refinery area was already on fire and compromised by the flames, smoke, and exploding delayed action bombs previously dropped by some of the planes from the 93rd and 376th Bomb Groups, completely out of the attack plan. When the 98th Bomb Group, led by Col. John Kane, entered a wall of smoke and flames over the Astra Romano refinery complex, Wallace Taylor's B-24, following him, did not reappear coming out of the smoke. It was shot down and lost over their target. (FTR). The only survivor from 41-24198 was Capt. Taylor, who bailed out successfully at low altitude, 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, 41-24198, was flying as lead aircraft in "E" section of the 98th Bomb Group's attack 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 copilot, 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 after those with me were out, and it was impossible to stay any longer in the flames and heat. ”

The Vulgar Virgin, 41-24198, likely photographed at Benina, Libya, 1943, was a Consolidated B-24D Liberator - B-24D-20-CO - part of the 9th Air Force in Libya, in the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. Until September 1943, the Pyramiders remained under the 9th Air Force, and, after this date, they 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 Capt.Taylor's, Vulgar Virgin, 41-24198, and its crew, were never part of these later events because they were one of the many aircraft lost on the Ploesti mission. 1 August 1943. On that day, 47 B-24D Liberators from the 98th Bomb Group took off for the raid against the Ploesti oil refineries. Only 21 returned safely. Capt. Taylor's, Vulgar Virgin, was flying as the lead aircraft in the 98th's "E" Section formation. After taking a direct flak hit in it's nose section approaching it's target, it exploded in flames. Capt. Taylor immediately pulled out of formation and ordered a bail out. The were too low for their chutes to fully open, and Capt.Taylor, was the only one of the four, who bailed out and survived. This was the crew’s fate:

Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, Pilot (POW)
F/O Paul W. Packer, CoPilot (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).
1st Lt. Jack K. Wood, Navigator (KIA)
1st Lt. Robert N. Austin, Bombardier (KIA)

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Aircraft

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    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, named, The Sandman, was flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels and his copilot, Lt. Barney Jackson, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, on Operation Tidal Wave, the famous mission to destroy the...

  • 41-24198 The Vulgar Virgin - Hell From Heaven - Shoot You're Faded

    B-24 Liberator
    - The B-24D, 41-24198, named, The Vulgar Virgin, flown by Capt. Wallace Taylor, in the 9th AF, the 98th BG, and the 344th BS, based in Benghazi, Libya, should not be confused with Lt. Claude A. Turner's B-24D, 42-40608, also named, The Vulgar Virgin...

  • 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. As Hadley was approaching his target refinery, code named, "White IV",...

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

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Hail Columbia, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to 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
    NOTE - This B-24D, 42-40608, flown by Lt. Claude Alvin Turner, was one of two B-24Ds, named, The Vulgar Virgin. This one was in the 8th Air Force, in Britain, (TDY) to 9th Air Force, in Benghazi, Libya, and should not be confused with, 41-24198,...

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, 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...

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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.

  • 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 flew in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying as a Waist Gunner and Radio...

  • Jerry Joswick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner / Photographer | 98th Bomb Group
    Member of the Ninth Bomber Command Camera Unit attached to 98th Bomb Group. He is the co-author of "Combat Camera Man", 1961. ...

  • 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 | B-24 Bomb Group Commanding Officer / B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane 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 leadership, courage, and heroism for...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Harold Francis Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, based in Benghazi, Libya. He flew on the B-24D, Hail Columbia, with Group Leader Col. John R. Kane, on the famous mission,...

  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew his B-24D, he named, The Squaw, on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at...

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert James Nespor, Jr. was a B-24D bomber command pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 330th Bombing Squadron, based at Benghazi, Libya, in North Africa. He was assigned to fly on the huge mission,...

  • 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. B-24D 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...

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

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B-24 - Best Web - SN # 41-24198 - 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' - 'HELL FROM HEAVEN' - 'SHOOT YOU'RE FADED'

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

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