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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 were killed in action. 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, Joisey Bounce, was lost on a mission to Bremen, Germany when it was involved in a mid air collision with the B-24D, 42-40765, Valient Virgin. First named, Joisey Bounce, then, formerly named, Utah Man, and flown by Capt. Walter Stewart, for the Ploesti mission, but was again renamed, Joisey Bounce, back in the U.K. at the time of it's loss, over Husum, Germany. 13 Nov 1943. MACR 2176

Joisey Bounce's Crew When Lost :
2nd Lt. Loren J. Koon - Pilot - O-2044710 - South Carolina - KIA
2nd Lt. Robert Timmer - Co-Pilot - O-2044427 - Michigan- KIA
Sgt. Benjamin Caplan - Navigator - 10600460 - California - KIA
1st Lt. Ralph W. Cummings - Bombardier - O-733155 - Montana - KIA
Sgt. Robert L. Cox - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner - 18064516-POW - Stalag17B - POW
Breunau, Germany
TSgt. Paul E. Johnston - Radio Operator - 35258734 - Kentucky- POW - Stalag Luft 3,
Sagan
SSgt. William E. Major - Right Waist Gunner - 15104438 - Indiana - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. John E. Connolly - Left Waist Gunner - 16042975 - Michigan - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. Joseph R. Doyle - Tail Gunner - 13039348 - Pennsylvania - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. Richard E. Bartlett - Tunnel Gunner - 19056154 - Montana - KIA - All KIA Crewmen were buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 - The Duchess - Evelyn

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

  • 41-24226 - Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, Joisey Bounce, was assigned to Pilot Lt. Walter Travis Stewart in the 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...

  • 41-28711 - Little Sheppard

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 41-28711, named, Little Sheppard, was assigned to the 712th Bomb Squadron, the 448th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force in the U.K. ...

  • 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 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

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine 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 on B-24 Liberator 42-40246. Awards: DFC (1OLC), AM (5OLC), GCM, ACM, EAME Campaign Medal with one or more campaign stars, WW II Victory Medal

  • 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 | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones flew as the co-pilot 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 | Captain | Pilot / Flight Officer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943 as pilot flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Charles Mauldin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    TSgt. Charles Mauldin was killed on a recalled mission. Accident in landing. 30 Oct 1943 in the B-24, Pregnant Portia, 42-40246, Thundermug. 1 KIA. 30 Oct 43. PH

  • Odin Olsen

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

  • 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 Oct 10, 1943.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2022 12:34:38 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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23 May 2022 13:53:50 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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29 December 2021 08:10:00 Jim Stocking Changes to description and events
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Corrected name of Joisey Bounce from Thundermug regarding Nov. 13,1943 crash.

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19 December 2021 22:15:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Date Contributor Update
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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