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42-40608

B-24 Liberator

Not to be confused with Capt. Wallace C. Taylor's B-24D Liberator, 41-24298, which was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group (The Pyramiders), and the 344th Bomb Squadron, flown from Lete Air Base at Benghazi, Libya. Taylor's plane was also named, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, with more names on it's tail added later : HELL FROM HEAVEN and SHOOT YOU'RE FADED. He also flew his VULGAR VIRGIN on the Ploesti mission in the center of the 98th's trailing flight (Flt.5). Taylor's B-24, 41-24198, did not reappear after entering a large cloud of smoke over White IV, having been shot down and lost over the target. Taylor was the only survivor from 41-24198. He was the last man to bail out successfully. He was captured, and became a POW. MACR166. ~ Note : Adding to the confusion between these two B-24s, both named, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, is that they also had identical nose art. The fact is that both of the airplanes' names and nose art were taken from the same popular Vargas Art painting of a beautiful girl talking on a telephone, and were named and painted virtually the same on both airplanes.

- The Consolidated Aircraft Bomber, B-24-D-75-CO, 42-40608, was also named, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, and the plane and it's pilot, Lt. Claude Alvin Turner, were transferred from Britain, to the MTO (Mediterranean Theatre of Operations), with the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bombardment Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron - Jun 26, 1943, to assist in the coming Operation Tidal Wave mission to Ploesti, Romania. Once in North Africa, it's Command Pilot, Lt. Claude Turner immediately flew 42-40608 on a number of combat missions out of North Africa to the Messina, Italy railroad yards, the Port of San Giovanni, an airfield at Vibo Valencia, and missions to Italy, Foggia, Naples, and Rome, Italy, each time returning to base shot up with flak damage.

Lt. Turner trained for, and flew, 42-40608 on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti mission on Aug 1, 1943. On that mission, Lt, Turner's, VULGAR VIRGIN took two direct hits by flak over Ploesti. Knowing that his damaged bomber would not make it back to his home base at Benghazi, Libya, Lt. Turner decided to fly south to safety in Turkey and managed to fly as far as Chorlu, Turkey, where he landed safely. He, his crew, and his bomber were interned by the Turkish Air Force, August 2, 1943.

After the Ploesti mission, Lt. Turner and his navigator escaped captivity in Turkey, and with help from friendly partisans, were able to return to the 8th Air Force and the 93rd Bomb Group, in Britain.

Three months later, Lt. Turner, flying the B-24, 42-63988, BIRMINGHAM BLITZKRIEG, was shot down by an FW-190 fighter over the North Sea, close to Helgoland Island, after a mission to Bremen, Germany. Turner and his crew were reported missing in action (MIA) and later reported killed in action (KIA), Nov 13, 1943.

AIRCRAFT TYPE: B-24-D-75- CO - MANUFACTURER: Consolidated - SN 42- 40608

CONSTRUCTION NO. : 1685 SERIES NUMBER: 41 / 45

DATE BUILT: 07 Apr 43 DATE ACCEPTED: 07 Apr 1943 DATE SOC: 01 Aug 1943

Transferred: Turkish Air Force. August 1, 1943 - S/N # 42-40608

AIR FORCE ASSIGNED: 8th AF - DATE OF SERVICE: May 13, 1943 - Jun 27 1943 - 9th AF - DATE OF SERVICE Jun 27, 1943 - Aug 01, 1943

AIR DIVISION ASSIGNED: 2nd - DATE OF SERVICE: 13 May 1943 - 01 Aug 1943

COMBAT WING ASSIGNED: 201st - DATE OF SERVICE: 13 May 1943 - 01 Aug 1943

GROUP ASSIGNED: 93rd - DATE OF SERVICE: 13 May1943 - 01 Aug 1943

SQUADRON ASSIGNED: 328th - DATE OF SERVICE: 13 May 1943 - 01 Aug 1943

FINAL LOCATION: Turkey (interned) (MACR 335)

GROUP MARKINGS: SQUADRON MARKINGS: A/C I.D. MARKINGS: M MARKINGS ASSIGNED: 13 May 1943

AIRCRAFT NAME (S): THE VULGAR VIRGIN

DATE MISSION PILOT COMMENTS
-- 10 Apr 43 Airfield Location: Tucson, AZ Modification Center: Project 92067-R 4/29 -- 30 Apr 1943 Airfield Location: Topeka, KS, Combat crew replacement center -- 03 May 1943 Airfield Location: Presque Isle, ME -- 13 May 1943 Airfield Location: Hardwick, England -- 26 Jun 1943 Transferred to MTO (Mediterranean Theatre of Operations) -- 27 Jun 1943 Airfield Location: Terra, Libya (LG 7) 1 05 Jul 1943 Messina, Italy - railroad yard 1st Lt Turner, C. 2 12 Jul 1943 San Giovanni, Italy, - port facilities 1st Lt Turner, C. Combat damage (AA): one hole in nose 3 13 Jul 1943 Vibo Valenia, Italy - airfield 1st Lt Turner, C. 4 15 Jul 1943 Foggia, Italy - airfield 1st Lt Turner, C. 5 17 Jul 1943 Naples, Italy - railroad yard 1st Lt Turner, C. 6 19 Jul 1943 Rome, Italy - railroad yard 1st Lt Turner, C. end 01 Aug 1943 Ploesti, Romania - oil production 1st Lt. Turner, C. Combat damage (AA): bomb-bay fuel tank, fuselage holed, one engine. airfield location: Chorlu, Turkey Interned: Turkey - SOC
Pilot - 1st Lt Claude A Turner - Combat damage from AA: bomb bay fuel tank, fuselage holed, one engine destroyed - Landed at Chorlu, Turkey - Crew Interned - Released

The B-24D aircraft, 42-40608, in the 8th Air Force, should not be confused with the other B-24D, #41-24198, in the 9th Air Force, which was also named, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, and flown by Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, also based at the Lete Air Base, Benghazi, Libya. Capt. Wallace and 41-24198 also flew on Operation Tidal Wave. Aircraft 41-24198 was shot down and lost over their target, White IV, the Astra Romano Refinery complex. The only survivor from the THE VULGAR VIRGIN was Pilot Capt. Wallace C. Taylor, who bailed out successfully, was captured, and became a POW. August 1, 1943.

Service

Aircraft

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    B-24 Liberator
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  • 42-63988 BIRMINGHAM BLITZKREIG

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-63988, named, BIRMINGHAM BLITZKRIEG, was flown by Lt. Claude Alvin Turner on a mission to bomb Bremen, Germany, and was shot down by an FW-190 fighter over the North Sea with the loss of Lt. Turner, the airplane, and all of the crew KIA -...

  • 41-24198 THE VULGAR VIRGIN - HELL FROM HEAVEN - SHOOT YOU'RE FADED

    B-24 Liberator
    - Not to be confused with Lt. Claude A. Turner's 42-40608, THE VULGAR VIRGIN, of the 8th Air Force - the 93rd Bomb Group - and the 328th Bomb Squadron from Britain and joined the 9th Air force in Benghazi, Libya, to help destroy the oil refineries...

  • 42-40608 THE VULGAR VIRGIN

    B-24 Liberator
    Not to be confused with Capt. Wallace C. Taylor's B-24D Liberator, 41-24298, which was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group (The Pyramiders), and the 344th Bomb Squadron, flown from Lete Air Base at Benghazi, Libya. Taylor's plane was also named,...

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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

  • Donald De Armond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 1-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Dunckel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    1-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Hobson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin'

  • Charles Holbrook

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 8-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' Later suffered skull fracture in B-24 accident. ...

  • Clarence Hood

    Military | Private | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 1-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Long

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin'

  • James Marquis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his flight training in the U.S. Lt. James E. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in Britain. He was the navigator on his B-24D...

  • John Rudell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 1-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Claude A. Turner was born in Travis Peak, Texas, on Oct 22, 1919. He trained as an aviation pilot at Kelly Field and other air bases in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. After receiving his pilot's wings, Turner was assigned to the 8th Air Force,...

  • Gerald Weinberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 October 1943 Accident in landing 30 October 1943 in B24 42-40246 'Thundermug'. 8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin' DFC/ AM/ PH

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

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

Interned 59860 Çorlu/Tekirdağ, Turkey 1 August 1943

Landed at Chorlu, Turkey, Crew 10 Interned.

Participated Ploesti raid Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

1st Aug 43 Ploesti, Romania - oil production pilot 1st Lt Claude A Turner, sustained combat damage (AA): bomb-bay fuel tank, fuselage holed, one engine.

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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40608 - 'The Vulgar Virgin' ---- The Great ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1932 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40608 - 'The Vulgar Virgin' ---- Into the fire - Duane Schultz

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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40608 - 'The Vulgar Virgin' ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40608 - 'The Vulgar Virgin' ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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http://www.b24bestweb.com/vulgarvirgin-the5.htm
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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