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41-23661

B-24 Liberator

Note : This B-24D, 41-23661, one of 2 B-24Ds named, Black Jack, in the MTO, this one with the nose art of a kicking mule, was flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew.

Lt. Delbert Hahn's, Black Jack, 41-23661, should not be confused with another B-24D, 41-23816, also, named, Black Jack, in the ETO's 8th Air Force, in the U.K., flown by Lt. Coleman Whitaker, who was killed in action (KIA) and shot down over Germany, 2 Nov 1944, lost in his B-24D, also named, Black Jack, with nose art of a picture of a Black Jack hand of cards. The aircraft was lost, shot down and Failed To Return. FTR. 1 Oct 43. Pilot Coleman S. Whitaker KIA. - MACR 3312

The B-24D Liberator, 41-23661, named, Black Jack, with it's pilot Lt. Delbert Hahn and it's distinctive nose art of a kicking mule with horse shoes painted on the fuselage for all of it's bombing missions, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, in the MTO, based at the Lete, Air Base, at Benghazi, Libya, North Africa.

Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew, flew, Black Jack, 41-23661, on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 43. After receiving flak damage over Ploesti, Hahn diverted, Black Jack, to a safe landing in Sicily. Black Jack, was photographed after the Ploesti mission with a robbed vertical fin installed on his B-24D, Black Jack, from the B-24D, Valient Virgin, flown by Lt. Claude Turner and interned in Turkey. INT-TURK. Lt. Turner and his crew were KIA later on a mission over Germany in the B-24D, Birmingham Blitzkrieg. Delbert Hahn had a long and successful military career with service in the Korean War and Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the final rank of Colonel.

B-24D - 41-23661 - Black Jack's Crew:
Lt. Delbert H. Hahn, Pilot
Lt. John W. Viewers, CoPilot
Lt. Nathan Nowak, Navigator
Lt. Raymond F. Vengelen, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Robert L. Baird, Engineer
T/Sgt. James E. Creighton, Radio Operator
S/Sgt. John H. Chapman, Gunner
S/Sgt. Leslie J. Foster, Gunner
S/Sgt. Curtis Washburn, Gunner
S/Sgt. Isadore I. Klein, Tail Gunner

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-23816 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23816, named, Black Jack, was in the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron, based in, and flown out of, the U.K. in the ETO, by Lt. Coleman Whitaker. It's nose art was the picture of a "Black Jack" hand of cards,...

  • 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    NOTE - The B-24D, named, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, was originally in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, in...

  • 41-23661 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : This B-24D, 41-23661, one of 2 B-24Ds named, Black Jack, in the MTO, this one with the nose art of a kicking mule, was flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew. ...

  • 41-11766 - Chug-A-Lug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, bomber, 41-11766, Chug-A-Lug, was in the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission to bomb the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on the...

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Units

  • Ninth Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

People

  • Delbert Hahn

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Command Pilot : Major Delbert Henry Hahn ...

  • 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 USAAF. and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries, flying the B-24D...

  • Jack Wood

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Jack K. Wood was a B-24 Liberator bomber flight officer navigator assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 344th Bomb Squadron, and the 98th Bombardment Group, USAAF. Wood's B-24D, 41-24298, The Vulgar Virgin, flown by command pilot Lt. Wallace Taylor,...

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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Black Jack, flew on the August, 1943, Ploesti oil refinery mission, piloted by Lt. Delbert H. Hahn, diverting to Sicily, with battle damage. RTB. 1 Aug 43

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

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