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42-40765

B-24 Liberator

B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 8th Air Force
Assigned : 8th Air Force - 93rd Bomb Group - 329th Bomb Squadron.

The B-24D, 42-40765, named, Valient Virgin, with the name, "Valient", misspelled, was originally allocated and assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bomb Squadron, based at Hardwick in the U.K. May, 1943. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bomb Squadron, based at Berca Field at Benghazi, Libya, 1942, to assist with Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

Valient Virgin, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, over Ploesti, Romania. The Pilot, Lt. Russell D. Demont and Copilot Lt. Robert C. Murray, and their crew, flew, Valient Virgin, with the 98th Bomb Group's element, in "B" formation, Position 2-2, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. August 1, 1943.
One of, Valient Virgin's, vertical stabilizer fins shows up, with it's olive drab paint, and it's abbreviated serial number, 240765, visibly mounted on the RH side of the 98th Bomb Group's B-24D, 41-23661, 42-40246, Black Jack's, empennage, several days after the Ploesti mission, when the color photo was taken. Aug 5-7, 1943.

Valient Virgin's Crew on Operation Tidal Wave :
Russell D. Demont - Pilot
Robert C. Murray - Co-Pilot
George A. Stewart - Navigator
George G. Everhart - Bombardier
Fredrick H. Homnick - Radio Operator
Alfred B. Bergkamp - Top Turret Gunner
Bernard A. Coburn - Waist Gunner
Julius Erdely - Waist Gunner
William J. Nelson - Nose Gunner
Raymond J. Russell - Tail Gunner

After the Ploesti mission, Valient Virgin, returned to Hardwick, England, with the rest of the 8th Air Force and the 93rd Bomb Group.

Later, in Nov 1943, Valient Virgin, flown by Lt. Richard Sedivec, had a midair collision on a mission over Bremen, Germany, with the B-24D, Joisey Bounce, crashed, and was lost. FTR. A total of 7 members of Lt. Sedivec's crew were killed in action (KIA) in the crash or by failing to bail out after the disastrous air collision, including, Lt. Sedivec and Edwin Gillespie. The B-24D, Joisey Bounce, had been renamed, Utah Man, for the Ploesti mission. It was piloted and flown by Walter Stewart and his crew, on the Ploesti mission. 1-Aug-43.
After having already been renamed, Joisey Bounce, again, by it's crew back in Britain, Joisey Bounce, took a devastating direct hit by an enemy flak burst, on a mission over Germany. The flak explosion caused one of, Joisey Bounce's, wings to separate from the aircraft, causing it to spin wildly out of control, colliding with, Valient Virgin, flying below it, and crashing into, Valient Virgin's, fuselage and bomb bays, causing the, Virgin's, tail section to break off and separate from the rest of the airplane. Joisey Bounce, and her crew were also lost in the collision/crash near Husum, Germany. 13-Nov-43. Valient Virgin's crew : 3 POW. 7 KIA.

The bodies of the crews of both planes were interred together at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, Missouri. MACR 2184.

Contributor - Brian J. Piaquadio

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  • 41-24226 - Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
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  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alfred Bergkamp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Coburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Bernard Arthur Coburn was assigned to the 329th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF, in Britain, as a waist gunner, detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, USAAF, for Operation Tidal Wave. He flew 25 combat...

  • Joseph Cozzone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft in the B-24D, 42-40765, Valiant Virgin. Killed in Action (KIA). 13 November 1943

  • Russell De Mont

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    In WWII, Lt. Russell DeMont was assigned as B-24 bomber pilot to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bomb Squadron in the U.K., detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. Pilot Lt. Russell D. Demont and Copilot Lt. Robert...

  • Julius Erdely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • William Erwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in the B-24D, 42-40765, Valiant Virgin. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Everhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Gillespie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 Nov 43 in the B-24D, 42-40765, Valient Virgin (misspelled by crew). Bailed out and captured. Prisoner of War - POW.

  • Frederick Homnick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-40765 'Valiant Virgin. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Murray

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Awarded DFC

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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...

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    13 November 1943
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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...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Consolidated Aircraft San Diego, CA 1943

Built at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, CA

Delivered Tucson AAF, AZ 1943

Tucson, AZ.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya May 1943

Assigned to the 329th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. TDY 9th Air Force. May 1943.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew the Ploesti mission in the B formation. Returned safely to Libya. RTB 1 Aug 43.

Failed to Return (FTR) Husum, Germany 13 November 1943

Lost on the 13-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, Germany, after a collision with another B-24D, 41-24226, Utah Man - Joisey Bounce, which smashed its bomb bays and caused the tail section to break off. both fell out of control and crashed near Husum, Germany. 3 POW 7 KIA. MACR 2184.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2022 15:41:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2022 07:05:48 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2022 12:37:59 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2022 13:07:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
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www.Low-Level-Ploesti.org> - David H. Klaus

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2022 17:54:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 14:20:56 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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19 May 2022 04:28:36 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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19 May 2022 04:17:51 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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18 May 2022 22:11:56 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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18 May 2022 21:49:31 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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18 May 2022 11:25:46 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and markings
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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18 May 2022 11:23:44 Kickapoo Changes to description and unit associations
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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18 May 2022 02:57:38 Kickapoo Changes to description, unit associations and place associations
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The Great Ground-Air battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan - Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 11:11:49 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 08:50:43 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Details, wording changes. - Kickapoo

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06 January 2022 07:40:51 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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19 December 2021 22:18:49 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Detail added. - Kickapoo

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18 November 2021 06:32:42 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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10 November 2021 09:15:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Airplane name changes and details added for clarity. - Kickapoo

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10 November 2021 09:12:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Airplane names changed for accuracy. - Kickapoo

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17 October 2021 02:00:06 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Wording changes. - Kickapoo

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Wording changes. Punctuation and word spacing. - Kickapoo

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06 October 2021 00:59:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - Valient Virgin - Joisey Bounce

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06 October 2021 00:55:51 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - Valient Virgin - Joisey Bounce

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06 October 2021 00:50:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - Valient Virgin - Joisey Bounce

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06 October 2021 00:38:24 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - Valient Virgin - Joisey Bounce

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04 October 2021 06:01:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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04 October 2021 05:33:23 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - B-24 - 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

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04 October 2021 05:03:44 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

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04 October 2021 04:55:36 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

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28 July 2021 05:38:20 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - VALIENT VIRGIN - 42-40765

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28 July 2021 05:21:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - VALIENT VIRGIN

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27 July 2021 09:52:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill Best Web - VALIENT VIRGIN

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26 July 2021 23:07:33 Jim Stocking Changes to description
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As per November 1945 letter written by Joisey Bounce survivor and POW, Sgt.Robert Cox ,to one of the crew's mother describing the last minutes of the aircraft..
Also corrected the spelling of the name of the Vali"e"nt Virgin.

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2021 03:03:44 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - Valient Virgin

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2021 02:58:54 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Valient Virgin'

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08 April 2021 15:39:23 Emily Changes to nicknames and description
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Amended spelling of Bergkamp in aircraft biography

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10 March 2021 09:35:53 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
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Removed circular database reference - (Linked to itself)

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10 March 2021 05:57:56 phil marchese Changes to description
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Added US history per a/c record card. Conformed basic information to AAM format.

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10 March 2021 05:14:55 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Valient Virgin' - # 42-40765

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10 March 2021 05:12:28 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Valient Virgin' - # 42-40765

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10 March 2021 05:09:37 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B -24 - 'Valient Virgin' - # 42-40765

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05 February 2021 08:08:43 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web - # 42-40765 - 'Valient Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 08:06:27 Kickapoo Changes to description, aircraft associations and mission associations
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B-24 - Best Web - #42-40765 - Valient Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 11:41:01 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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B-24 - Best Web ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:42:00 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:39:55 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:48:21 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:38:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2184

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 2184 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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