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41-23816

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-23816, named, Black Jack, flown by Coleman Whitaker, in the 8th Air Force, based in England, should not be confused with another B-24D, 41-23661, also named, Black Jack, flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn, with a kicking mule picture for nose art, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, based at Benghazi, Libya, which flew on, and survived, Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, 1 August, 1943.

Black Jack, 41-23816, with a Black Jack card hand for nose art, was in the 8th Air Force, based in the United Kingdom. It was shot down and lost (FTR), and it's pilot Lt. Coleman Whitaker was killed (KIA) - October 1, 1943, when he and his crew were on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, Germany. Black Jack, was hit by flak in the bomb bay shortly after leaving the target area. The aircraft rolled and fell into an uncontrollable spin, quickly losing altitude as a fire developed in his bomb bay. The plane broke apart and crashed in the target area rear Weiner Neustadt. 5 Killed in Action (KIA) and 5 Prisoners of War (POW). Lost 1 Oct 43. Pilot Coleman S. Whitaker KIA. - MACR 3312

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Aircraft

  • 41-23816 Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23816, named, Black Jack, flown by Coleman Whitaker, in the 8th Air Force, based in England, should not be confused with another B-24D, 41-23661, also named, Black Jack, flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn, with a kicking mule picture for nose art...

  • 41-23661 Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : This B-24D, 41-23661, Black Jack, with nose art of a kicking mule, was flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew. ...

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Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Bauman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Carl Carlson

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Edwin Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic, Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. ...

  • Anthony D'Amico

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 6/19/43. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/19/43. ...

  • George Guilford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Robert Reasoner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized and...

  • Theodore Scarlett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-23699. ...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Eugene Vickary

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Coleman Whitaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Lt. Coleman Whitaker volunteered and served as an RAF pilot several months before Pearl Harbor. Later, he transferred back to the U.S.A.A.F. and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti, flying the B-24D Liberator, 42-40071, Margaret Ann...

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

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

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

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wiener Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wiener Nuestadt Bf109 assembly works. Hit by flak and with bomb bay on fire, A/C went into uncontrolable spin and crashed. 1-Oct-43. 5 x KIA 6 x POW. MACR 3312.

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23816 - Black Jack - ( with a Black Jack card hand for nose art )

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Black Sunday - Ploesti - Michael Hill

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30 July 2021 06:34:53 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and aircraft associations
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07 August 2016 13:41:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-23816&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28651083
http://www.b24bestweb.com/blackjack-v1-2.htm

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07 May 2015 21:53:06 JasonR Changes to nicknames and markings
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/blackjack-v1-2.htm

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27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 3312 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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