Jerry John Joswick


Object Number - UPL 49748 - Bleyer's crew after landing from the Ploesti raid. Rear L-R: Watts, Rumsey, Bleyer, Joswick, McGown (McCown), Sathia. Front L-R: Unk*, Looke, Kozak,...

Member of the Ninth Bomber Command Camera Unit attached to 98th Bomb Group. He is the co-author of "Combat Camera Man", 1961.
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-11896.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), BS, WWII Victory, EAME. Also British African Star.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Shanghi Lil
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Nightmare
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - The Vulgar Virgin - Hell From Heaven - Shoot Youre Faded
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...


Event Location Date Description


Milwaukee, WI 5 April 1923 Son of Theresa Joswick.


Chicago, IL 29 December 1942 Chicago, Illinois


Discharged USAAF

27 June 1945 Honourable discharge.


Kula, HI 11 May 1990


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