42-40246 - Thunder Mug

Object Number - UPL 14960 - B-24D Liberator, 42-40246, Thunder Mug and Crew : Standing - Left to Right : Stanley Valcik, Hubert R. Tardif, William Schrampf, ...

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.

Thunder Mug - Operation Tidal Wave Crew :
Pilot : Russell Longnecker Copilot : Donald K. "Deacon" Jones
Navigator : Stanley Valcik
Bombardier : William M. Schrampf
Observer : Odin C. Olsen
Top Turret Gunner : J.C. Pinson
Rear Gunner Bernard : C. Strand
Waist Gunner : Aloisius G. Cunningham
Waist Gunner : Howard I. Teague
Gunner : Edward A. Sand Jr.

The B-24D, Thundermug, had a landing accident at Bedford, U.K., due to a mechanical failure. Pilot Lt. Frank Kilcheski, RO SSgt. Gerald Weinberg, and another crewman were killed in action. 3 KIA. 30 Oct 43.

Aircraft salvaged. 10 Oct, 1943.

Formation Photograph : Consolidated B-24D Liberator bombers
93rd Bomb Group formation flight. Nearest aircraft is the Consolidated B-24D-25-CO , 41-24226, Joisey Bounce. Second aircraft is, 41-24147, The Duchess, also in the 330th Bomb Squadron. Next higher is, 41-23722, Bomerang, from the 328th Bomb Squadron. Last of all, at the very top is, 42-40246, Thunder Mug, RCL F, also part of the 328th Bomb Squadron. - U.S. Air Force photo.

The B-24D, Joisey Bounce, was lost on a mission to Bremen, Germany when it was involved in a mid air collision with the B-24D, 42-40765, Valient Virgin. First named, Joisey Bounce, then, formerly named, Utah Man, and flown by Capt. Walter Stewart, for the Ploesti mission, but was again renamed, Joisey Bounce, back in the U.K. at the time of it's loss, over Husum, Germany. 13 Nov 1943. MACR 2176

Joisey Bounce's Crew When Lost :
2nd Lt. Loren J. Koon - Pilot - O-2044710 - South Carolina - KIA
2nd Lt. Robert Timmer - Co-Pilot - O-2044427 - Michigan- KIA
Sgt. Benjamin Caplan - Navigator - 10600460 - California - KIA
1st Lt. Ralph W. Cummings - Bombardier - O-733155 - Montana - KIA
Sgt. Robert L. Cox - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner - 18064516-POW - Stalag17B - POW
Breunau, Germany
TSgt. Paul E. Johnston - Radio Operator - 35258734 - Kentucky- POW - Stalag Luft 3,
Sagan
SSgt. William E. Major - Right Waist Gunner - 15104438 - Indiana - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. John E. Connolly - Left Waist Gunner - 16042975 - Michigan - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. Joseph R. Doyle - Tail Gunner - 13039348 - Pennsylvania - KIA - buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri
SSgt. Richard E. Bartlett - Tunnel Gunner - 19056154 - Montana - KIA - All KIA Crewmen were buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13055223
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14075208 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Maintenance
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-190654 / O-2044845
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Berka, al Birkah

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - The Duchess - Evelyn
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Joisey Bounce - Utah Man
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Little Sheppard
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Thunder Mug
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Valient Virgin
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya.

Crashed

Bedford, Bedford, UK 30 October 1943 Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43, pilot Lt Frank Kilcheski, two crew KIFA.

Other

Written Off

10 November 1943 Salvaged on Oct 10, 1943.

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date24 May 2022 12:34:38
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Date23 May 2022 13:53:50
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Date29 Dec 2021 08:10:00
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Corrected name of Joisey Bounce from Thundermug regarding Nov. 13,1943 crash.

Date19 Dec 2021 22:15:58
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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