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41-24147

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 at Ploesti, Romania. Pilot Major Ramsey D. Potts. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya, after the Ploesti mission. - 1 Aug 1943
The Duchess with the 93rd Bombardment Group, later returned to the UK, and transferred back to the 8th Air force in Britain. - Aircraft was lost - Failed to return from a mission to Furth, Germany - Shot down by FW-190s and crashed west of Herxheim, Germany. (FTR). 25 Feb 1944. MACR 2924

Last Crew Of the B-24D - The Duchess :
Lt David W Thompson# - PILOT
Lt Waldron L Snyder *- COPILOT
Lt Robert L Warner - BOMBARDIER
Lt James A Ivain - NAVIGATOR
Capt Miles R League - CMDP
TSgt Henry A Clauser - ENGINEER
TSgt Evert A Ollie - RADIO OPERATOR
TSgt Thomas McDermott * - BALL GUNNER
SSgt John D Glucs - WAIST GUNNER
SSgt Royce Magee - TAIL GUNNER
MSgt Herbert F Hastings - CC
Shot Down 25 Feb 1944 *(KIA) #Not On Board - David W Thompson, MACR 2924.

Service

Aircraft

  • 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, named, Thunder Mug, flown by Lt. Russell Longnecker and Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones, on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Bagby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Henry Clauser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Herman Clay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43

  • Felton Croswell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    flew in famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug 43

  • Claude Culpepper

    Military | Captain | Bombardier / Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43.

  • John Glucs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Sgt. John D. Glucs was the right waist gunner on board, 41-24147, The Duchess. The Duchess was shot down by FW-190s West of Herxheim, Germany, on a mission to Furth, Germany. 25 Feb 44. MACR 2924. ...

  • Charles Huffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24298) nicknamed "Queenie". Later went with Deputy Chief of Staff/Intelligence Hq USAF (Europe)

  • James Ivain

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Miles League

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Thomas McDermott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

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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

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot Ramsey D Potts, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Herxheim bei Landau/Pfalz, Germany 25 February 1944

Back flying from England, failed to Return, shot down by FW-190s and crashed west of Herxheim, Germany, on a mission to Furth, Germany, 25th Feb 1944, Pilot David W. Thompson, MACR 2924.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

330th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2021 22:57:21 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Spelling. - Kickapoo

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04 September 2021 22:55:50 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24147 - The Duchess

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18 August 2021 16:04:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

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18 August 2021 07:37:55 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and aircraft associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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27 January 2021 09:15:14 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and unit associations
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B-24 - Best Web

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27 January 2021 08:59:46 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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B-24 - Best Web

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27 January 2021 08:57:13 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web

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27 January 2021 08:53:16 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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B-24 - Best Web

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27 January 2021 08:47:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations
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B-24 - Best Web

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27 January 2021 08:40:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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27 May 2019 10:34:34 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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16 April 2015 10:58:56 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and person associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

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13 March 2015 10:44:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

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13 November 2014 00:52:53 davet2020 Changes to nicknames
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Father was pilot

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27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2924 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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