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B-24D, Black Jack, 41-23661, with, the B-24D, Valient Virgin's, vertical stabilizer fin installation to repair battle damage to, Black Jack's, flak damaged fin, over Ploesti. The fin was, apparently, removed undamaged and robbed (serviceable) by, Black Jack's, mechanics from the, Valient Virgin, some time after the Ploesti mission, on 1 Aug 43, still painted with the olive drab camouflage paint from the 8th Air Force ETO markings, and still showing, Valient Virgin's abbreviated serial number, 240765. 5-7 Aug 43.

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Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    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...

People

  • Delbert Hahn

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot
    Command Pilot : Major Delbert Henry Hahn ...

  • Coleman Whitaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Coleman Whitaker volunteered for, and served as an RAF pilot for several months before Pearl Harbor. Later, he transferred back to the USAAF and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries, flying...

Aircraft

  • 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 8th Air Force ...

  • 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    NOTE - The B-24D, named, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, was originally in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, in...

  • 41-23661 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : This B-24D, 41-23661, one of 2 B-24Ds named, Black Jack, in the MTO, this one with the nose art of a kicking mule, was flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn and his crew. ...

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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Date Contributor Update
20 May 2022 03:38:46 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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20 May 2022 03:24:28 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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20 May 2022 03:20:44 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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30 April 2022 06:50:19 Kickapoo Changes to caption and person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23661 - Black Jack

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18 November 2021 09:02:56 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23661 - Black Jack

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31 August 2021 23:24:47 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
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Added details for accuracy. - Kickapoo

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31 August 2021 23:13:23 Kickapoo Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23661 - Black Jack - with the mule and horse shoes

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