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41-24226

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-24226, "Joisey Bounce", was assigned to Pilot Col. Walter T. 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 assigned plane's name from, "Joisey Bounce", to, "Utah Man", for the mission, to underscore his Utah Morman background to all the Texans in the 98th Bomb Group. Col. Stewart, the Deputy Commander of the 93rd Bomb Group, took command of the 93rd Bomb Group over Ploesti after his Group Leader, Col. Addison Baker and copilot, Maj. John Jerstad, were shot down and killed in "Hell's Wench", approaching their target of opportunity, White IV, the Astra Romano refinery. Stewart in "Utah Man" was one of several pilots who had elected to follow his Group leader, Col. Addison Baker in "Hell's Wench", who turned north and west back to Ploesti after Gen. Ent, the mission commander, had ordered his pilot, Col. K.K. Compton, to turn away from Ploesti at his IP, instead of turning north to bomb his assigned target refinery. After successfully bombing White IV, which was not his assigned target, ahead of the 98th Bomb Group, Stewart and the B-24s following him flew right through the 98th's formation of airplanes, including "Hail Columbia", and headed for the island of Cyprus, ahead of Col. Kane, in his damaged and struggling lead aircraft, Lt. Royden LeBrecht in "The Squaw", and Robert Sternfels in "The Sandman". But Gilbert Hadley never made it home. He drowned with his copilot, caught in their crushed plane's cockpit after crashing "Hadley's Harem" in the ocean just off the Turkish coast, out of engine oil and gasoline, before reaching safety at Nicosia, Cyprus. The crews of the other planes made it to Cyprus, and all flew home to Benghazi, the next day, minus Lt. Hadley's bombardier, killed (KIA) over Ploesti, Lt. Hadley, and his copilot, drowned in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast (KIA). Seven crewmen survived "Hadley's Harem"'s crash, swam to shore, and were captured and interned by the Turks, (POW). Aug 2 1943.

After the Ploesti raid, Col. Stewart's "Utah Man", named for the Ploesti mission, was renamed, "Joisey Bounce", and was returned to Britain with the rest of the 93rd Bomb Group. Walter Stewart's name, "Utah Man", on the right side of the nose, was repainted back to, "Joisey Bounce". Later, flying out of Britain, "Joisey Bounce", failed to return (FTR) from a mission to Bremen and was lost. En route to their target, "Joisey Bounce", suffered a midair collision with the B-24D, 42-40765, "The Valiant Virgin", with ten crewmen (KIA). - Nov 13, 1943. MACR 2179.

Col. Stewart and his crew returned to Britain and Fort Worth, Texas, in the B-24D, BOMERANG, with Lt. Royden LeBrecht and his crew, flying their plane, THE SQUAW, and Lt. John S. Young and his crew, who flew the B-24D, THE BLUE STREAK to Britain and back to Fort Worth, Texas, for a war bond tour of America in 1944.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24147 The Duchess - Evelyn

    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...

  • 42-40765 Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-95-CO - 42-40765 Delivered to Tucson. May, 1943. Allocated to 8th AF (UGLY). ...

  • 42-40402 The Sandman

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, The Sandman, was flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels and his copilot, Lt. Barney Jackson, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, on Operation Tidal Wave, the famous mission to destroy the German held oil...

  • 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 B-24D, 42-40608, also named, The Vulgar Virgin, in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, from Britain with the same nose art as aircraft, 41-24198, flown by Wallace...

  • 41-24311 Hadley's Harem

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Hadley's Harem, was Lt. Gilbert Hadley's personal airplane and the one he flew on the mission to destroy Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti Romania in 1943. As he was approaching his target refinery, code named, "White IV", Hadley's...

  • 41-11761 Sleepy, The Squaw

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN 41-11761, was first named, Sleepy, and, later, renamed, The Squaw. It flew on the famous Ploesti bombing mission, returning to Cyprus, piloted by Lt. Royden L. Lebrecht. After Ploesti and and the completion of his tour,...

  • 41-11825 Hail Columbia - Little Chief Big Dog - Grumpy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Hail Columbia, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...

  • 42-40246 Thunder Mug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, "Thunder Mug", flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43. Pilot Lt. Frank Kilcheski and two crew KIFA. Salvaged...

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane was...

  • 42-40629 The Scorpion

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, "The Scorpion", with the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, Operation Tidal Wave piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood observing...

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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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bartlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Caplan

    Military | Sergeant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #42-24226 'Utah Man', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Connolly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Also had flown on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43

  • Robert Cox

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4224226 'Utah Man. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Cummings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Joseph Doyle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4224226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Johnston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Was shot down by enemy aircraft while on a bombing run to Bremen, Germany. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man' as it was spiraling down. Prisoner of War (POW) from Nov. 1943-May 1945.

  • Loren Koon

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Major

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Steiner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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...

  • 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....

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hardwick, Cambridge CB23, UK 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bremen, Germany 13 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, en route to target suffered a mid air collision with B-24 42-40765. 10 x KIA. 13-Nov-43. MACR 2179.

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18 August 2021 15:57:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames and markings
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18 August 2021 06:56:33 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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18 August 2021 06:48:35 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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18 August 2021 06:37:42 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Punctuation, spelling, and spacing of aircraft names for clarity and accuracy. - Kickapoo

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17 August 2021 13:32:21 Emily 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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01 August 2021 10:58:27 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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29 July 2021 16:33:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - JOISEY BOUNCE - UTAH MAN

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07 May 2021 02:56:38 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

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07 May 2021 02:50:48 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

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05 February 2021 08:22:06 Kickapoo Changes to mission associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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05 February 2021 08:11:41 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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24 January 2021 20:23:07 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Into the Fire - Duane Schultz

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24 January 2021 20:21:18 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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24 January 2021 17:29:47 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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07 November 2020 22:56:48 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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He Brought Us Home -- Capt. John S. Young

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07 November 2020 22:28:53 Kickapoo Changes to description, aircraft associations, person associations and place associations
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Black Sunday -- Michael Hill Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz

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07 November 2020 22:11:18 Kickapoo Changes to description
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He Brought Us Home -- Capt. John S. Young

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05 August 2019 08:34:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2019 07:36:55 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and person associations
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B24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 17:04:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, description, events, aircraft associations and place associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-24226
https://www.fold3.com/image/28614404

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 12:17:40 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 12:15:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

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27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 2179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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