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42-40246

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 42-40246, named, Thunder Mug, was flown by pilots, Lt. Russell Longnecker and Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43.

Thunder Mug - Operation Tidal Wave Crew :
Pilot : Russell Longnecker
Copilot : Donald K. "Deacon" Jones
Navigator : Stanley Valcik
Bombardier : William M. Schrampf
Observer : Odin C. Olsen
Top Turret Gunner : J.C. Pinson
Rear Gunner Bernard : C. Strand
Waist Gunner : Aloisius G. Cunningham
Waist Gunner : Howard I.Teague
Gunner : Edward A. Sand Jr.

The B-24D, Thundermug, had a landing accident at Bedford, U.K., due to a mechanical failure. Pilot Lt. Frank Kilcheski, RO SSgt. Gerald Weinberg, and another crewman KIA. - 3 KIA. 30 Oct 43.

Aircraft salvaged. 10 Oct, 1943.

Formation Photograph : Consolidated B-24D Liberator bombers
93rd Bomb Group formation flight. Nearest aircraft is the Consolidated B-24D-25-CO , 41-24226, Joisey Bounce. Second aircraft is, 41-24147, The Duchess, also in the 330th Bomb Squadron. Next higher is, 41-23722, Bomerang, from the 328th Bomb Squadron. Last of all, at the very top is, 42-40246, Thunder Mug, RCL F, also part of the 328th Bomb Squadron. - U.S. Air Force photo.

The B-24D, Thundermug, was lost on a mission to Bremen, Germany when it was involved in a mid air collision with, 42-40765, named, Utah Man, at the time of loss, over Husum, Germany. 13 Nov 1943. MACR 2176

Crew When Lost :
2nd Lt. Loren J. Koon - Pilot - O-2044710 - South Carolina
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

2nd Lt. Robert Timmer - Co-Pilot - O-2044427 Michigan
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

Sgt. Benjamin Caplan - Navigator - 10600460 California
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

1st Lt. Ralph W. Cummings - Bombardier - O-733155 - Montana
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

Sgt. Robert L. Cox - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner - 18064516
POW - Stalag 17b, Braunau

T/Sgt. Paul E. Johnston - Radio Operator - 35258734 Kentucky
POW - Stalag Luft 3, Sagan

S/Sgt. William E. Major - Right Waist Gunner - 15104438 Indiana
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

S/Sgt. John E. Connolly - Left Waist Gunner - 16042975) Michigan
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

S/Sgt. Joseph R. Doyle - Tail Gunner - 13039348) Pennsylvania
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

S/Sgt. Richard E. Bartlett - Tunnel Gunner - 19056154 Montana
KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. - Transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil refineries...

  • 41-24226 Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, Joisey Bounce, was assigned to Pilot Lt. Walter Travis Stewart of the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, for the large mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed his...

  • 42-40765 Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered to Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated to 8th Air Force ...

  • 42-40246 Thunder Mug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40246, named, Thunder Mug, was flown by pilots, Lt. Russell Longnecker and Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

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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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Unknown Bowles

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Landing accident in B-24D, 42-40246, Thunder Mug. 30 October 1943

  • Aloysius Cunningham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Leonard Dougal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Thomas Jackson

    Military | Captain | Maintenance | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | B-24 CoPilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones flew as the copilot of the B-24D, 42-40246, Thunder Mug, with his Command Pilot, Lt. Russell Longnecker, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery mission, and safely returned to Benghazi, Libya. (RTB) He stood in...

  • Frank Kilcheski

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    ...

  • Russell Longnecker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Charles Mauldin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in recalled mission. Accident in landing 30 October 1943 in 'Pregnant Portia' B24#42-40246 'Thundermug' PH

  • Odin Olsen

    Military | Flying Officer | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • J Pinson

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

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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

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya.

Crashed Bedford, Bedford, UK 30 October 1943

Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43, pilot Lt Frank Kilcheski, two crew KIFA.

Written Off 10 November 1943

Salvaged on Nov 10, 1943.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

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11 April 2015 16:44:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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