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41-24226

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 his assigned plane's name from, Joisey Bounce, to, Utah Man, painted on the RH side of the nose only, for the Ploesti 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 after they turned away from their Element Leader, Col. K.K. Compton's wrong turn at his first IP away from Ploesti, where his targets were, and turned toward Bucharest. Baker and 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 Col. Addison Baker, his Group leader, in, Hell's Wench, who had turned north and west back to Ploesti after Col. K.K. Compton's wrong turn away from Ploesti at Targoviste, instead of turning north and west, to bomb his assigned target refineries. Stewart successfully bombed White IV, which was not his assigned target, ahead of the 98th Bomb Group coming in from the north, and the B-24s following him, and flew right through the 98th's formation of airplanes, including, Hail Columbia, with pilots Col. John Kane and Lt. John Young, leading the 98th Bomb Group, and, then, headed for the island of Cyprus, ahead of Col. Kane, following him in his shot up, damaged, and struggling lead aircraft, Hail Columbia, Lt. Royden LeBrecht in, The Squaw, Lt. Robert Sternfels in, The Sandman, and Lt. Gib Hadley and his plane, Hadley's Harem. But Lt. Hadley never made it home. He crashed and drowned with his copilot, caught in their crushed plane's cockpit after crashing into the ocean just off the Turkish coast, with seized engines out of engine oil and gasoline, before they reached 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, his copilot, and his bombardier, both killed (KIA) by flak over Ploesti. Lt. Hadley, his bombardier, and his copilot, all drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off the Turkish coast. 3 KIA. Seven crewmen survived, Hadley's Harem's crash, swam to shore, and were captured and interned by the Turks. 7 INT-TURK. 1 Aug 1943.

After the Ploesti raid, Col. Stewart's B-24D, Utah Man, was again renamed, Joisey Bounce, and returned to Britain with the rest of the 93rd Bomb Group. At that time, Walter Stewart's name, Utah Man, on the right side of the nose, was repainted back to, Joisey Bounce.

Months later, flying out of Britain, Joisey Bounce, was lost and failed to return (FTR) from a mission to Bremen, Germany. On the way to their target, the crew of, Joisey Bounce, suffered a midair collision with the B-24D, 42-40765, Valiant Virgin, with all crewmen of both planes killed in action. 10 KIA. - 13 Nov 1943. MACR 2179.

Col. Stewart and his crew returned, first, to Britain and, then, to 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.

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...

  • 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 8th Air Force ...

  • 42-40402 - The Sandman

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, named, The Sandman, was named, and flown, by Lt. Robert Sternfels and his co-pilot, 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...

  • 41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin - Hell From Heaven - Shoot You're Faded

    B-24 Liberator
    - The B-24D, 41-24198, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, was one of 2 B-24Ds in the MTO based at Benghazi, Libya, with identical nose art pictures, and both named, The Vulgar Virgin, this one, 41-24198, flown...

  • 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, with his CoPilot, Lt. James Lindsey, on the mission to destroy Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. As Hadley was approaching his target refinery,...

  • 41-11761 - The Squaw - Sleepy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11761, was first named, Sleepy, by the men in the 8th Air Force and the 93rd Bomb Group in the U.K. It was, later, renamed, The Squaw, by it's Command Pilot, Lt. Royden LeBrecht, after being transferred to the 9th Air...

  • 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, 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. ...

  • 41-11768 - Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was Lt. John S. Young's regularly assigned B-24D, after his 98th Bombardment Group moved out of Egypt, to the air bases at Benghazi, Libya. John Young was from Dallas, Texas, like so many of the men...

  • 42-40629 - The Scorpion

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, The Scorpion, in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...

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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...

  • 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 | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Gunner Sgt. John Connolly, was flying in the B-24D, 42-24226, Joisey Bounce, when it collided with another aircraft, The Valient Virgin, 13 November 1943. Killed in Action (KIA). He also had flown on the famous Ploesti raid. 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
    Enlisted January 1942, trained at Roswell, NM. Assigned to 330BS,93BG,8thAF USAAF. Bombardier for Utah Man for Operation Tidal Wave. He dropped the first bombs on a Ploesti target. Failed to return (FTR) from Bremen, attacked en-route to target 13-Nov...

  • 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. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • 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 the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, USAAF.

Crashed Bremen, Germany 13 November 1943

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 11:10:36 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 09:22:23 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, description and events
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2021 22:21:50 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2021 21:34:54 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Added information. - Kickapoo

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10 November 2021 09:22:42 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Airplane name changes, and details changed for accuracy. - Kickapoo

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10 November 2021 09:05:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Spelling and word spacing. - Kickapoo

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02 October 2021 05:16:13 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Punctuation changes. Details added. - Kickapoo

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02 October 2021 05:05:07 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Details added. - Kickapoo

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18 August 2021 15:57:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames and markings
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

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18 August 2021 06:56:33 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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

Date Contributor Update
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

Date Contributor Update
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.

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2021 10:58:27 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
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

Date Contributor Update
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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date Contributor Update
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

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

Date Contributor Update
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

Date Contributor Update
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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