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42-41004

B-24 Liberator

On November 13, 1943, the B-24D liberator named, THE URGIN' VIRGIN, 42-41004, was shot down and lost with all crewmen Missing In Action (MIA). The airplane was from the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bombing Squadron, based at Hardwick, England, and flown by Command Pilot 2nd Lt. Floyd Ramsey with Copilot Lt. Benjamin Byers, had taken off from Hardwick on a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany. Bad weather caused part of the 1st Bombardment Force to abandon the operation during assembly. Eight B-24s from the 93rd Bomb Group (2nd BF) made visual attacks on Heligoland as a Target of Opportunity. B-24D, 42-41004, THE URGIN' VIRGIN, was last seen banking to the right by Lt. Leonard D. Lange, a pilot of another B-24 in the formation of B-24s. B-24D, 42-41004, was not seen or heard from again, and the entire 11 man crew was lost and is still Missing In Action (MIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2182.

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Aircraft

  • 42-41004 THE URGIN' VIRGIN

    B-24 Liberator
    On November 13, 1943, the B-24D liberator named, THE URGIN' VIRGIN, 42-41004, was shot down and lost with all crewmen Missing In Action (MIA). The airplane was from the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bombing Squadron, based at...

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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Benjamin Byers

    Military | Flight Officer | B-24 Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Benjamin Byers was the Copilot on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin”, which was lost, shot down over the North Sea on 13 November 1943, after a mission to Bremen, Germany. All 11 men onboard were missing in action - MIA. Later, listed as Killed In...

  • Richard Duer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    In the Army Corps since December 1941, Richard Duer served a year in Panama and South America on bomber patrol duty. He was subsequently sent back to the States for training as a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator bomber and was then sent overseas in...

  • Frederick Grenwis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Frederick Grenwis was Bombardier on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • James Haggerty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    James Haggerty was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing at the RAF station of Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. All crewmembers, including Pilot Leon C. Packer, survived on B-24 #41-23674. ...

  • Albert Oser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Albert Oser took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the Ploesti oil fields, Rumania, on 1 August 1943, flying on B-24 Liberator "First Sergeant"/"Thar She Blows" #42-40127. ...

  • Franklin Parsonage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Franklin Parsonage was Navigator on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Floyd Ramsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Floyd F. Ramsey was the command pilot of the B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin”, when it was shot down and lost in the North Sea, after a mission to Bremen, Germany. Lt. Ramsey with all 11 men onboard were missing in action (MIA). - Killed In...

  • Irven Slate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Cameraman | 25th Bomb Group
    Irven Slate was photographer on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Gerard Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Gerard Sullivan took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the Ploesti oil fields, Rumania, on 1 August 1943, serving as Waist Gunner on B-24 Liberator #41-23810 "Tarfu". ...

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Missions

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 13 November 1943

Ditched into the North Sea

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2021 08:00:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Wording and punctuation changes - Kickapoo

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28 July 2021 07:56:42 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-41004 - THE URGIN' VIRGIN

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28 July 2021 07:43:51 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-41004 - THE URGIN VIRGIN

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 20:49:47 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web

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30 January 2021 05:24:31 Kickapoo Changes to description and person associations
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 20:42:58 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
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B-24 - Best Web ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 20:36:27 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 20:28:26 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 20:06:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 01:59:45 Kickapoo Changes to description and person associations
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 01:55:57 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 11:01:39 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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Connection with photographer Irven G. Slate

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 10:30:27 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 2182
Wallace R. Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 04:06:09 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added the A/C nickname listed in the "Summary biography" of thr pilot, Floyd F Ramsey, and other crew members.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 2182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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