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~ Note : Photo of Black Jack, 41-23661, with, apparently, a robbed part, a vertical stabilizer with the serial number and RCL, from Claude Turner's B-24D, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608. This picture of , Black Jack, 41-23661, showing that the numbers and the olive drab paint on the inside of the RH rear vertical stabilizer on this plane are from, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, Lt. Claude Turner's, Vulgar Virgin, that he piloted, and his crew flew on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 1943. After bombing his target refinery at White IV, there was enough damage to his plane that Lt. Turner had to land in Turkey, a neutral country at that time, and was interned. 1 Aug, 1943.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot
    Lt. Claude A. Turner was born in Travis Peak, Texas, on Oct 22, 1919. He trained as an aviation pilot at Kelly Field and other air bases in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. After receiving his pilot's wings, Turner was assigned to the 8th Air Force,...


  • 42-40608 The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    NOTE - This B-24D, 42-40608, flown by Lt. Claude Alvin Turner, was one of two B-24Ds, named, The Vulgar Virgin. This one was in the 8th Air Force, in Britain, (TDY) to 9th Air Force, in Benghazi, Libya, and should not be confused with, 41-24198,...

  • 41-23661 Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    This B-24D, 41-23661, should not be confused with, 41-23816, also named, Black Jack, and, also, flew on and survived Operation Tidal Wave. 1 Aug 1943. ...


Date Contributor Update
31 August 2021 23:56:55 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Best Web - B-24 - 41-23661

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27 August 2021 11:04:53 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Additional words added for accuracy. - Kickapoo

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27 August 2021 11:01:25 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Added info regarding the B-24D, Black Jack, with, possibly, a robbed tail part from Claude Turner's, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608. - Kickapoo

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27 August 2021 10:49:15 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations

Best Web - B-24 - 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

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07 February 2021 17:52:00 Firstgear Created entry with caption and person associations

Ivan Dmitri photo from his travels in WWII around the world including a stop in Benghazi, Libya prior to Operation Tidal Wave.