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Jack E Lang

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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.
On April 16, 1943 Captain Packer would crash-land battle-damaged B-24 #41-23847 " Yard Bird" at St Eval, Cornwall, with all but one crew member surviving.
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the oil fields at Ploesti, Rumania on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810 "Tarfu".
Jack Lang was Radio Operator on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on the 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

Service

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).

  • 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. ...

  • Leon Packer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 #41-23674. Later on April 16, 1943 Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 #41-23847, "Yardbird",...

  • 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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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 41-23810 'Tarfu'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya. ...

  • 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...

  • 41-23874 "Ball of Fire Junior"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-23674

    B-24 Liberator
    329BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk. Pilot: Packer, Leon C. Notes: landing accident. Location: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage). ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

  • 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 ...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Omaha, Nebraska 1919
Lived in 1941

Omaha, Nebraska

Enlisted 13 October 1941

Fort Crook, Nebraska

Killed In Action (KIA) 13 November 1943

in the ditching in the North Sea of B-24D #42-41004

Buried

Jack Lang is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 21:17:16 awgaster Changes to biography
Sources

National Archives Washington DC

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 13:41:12 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected typo ("oil" > "oli"...) in Biography

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 13:39:53 ED-BB Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman's "Mighty Eighth War Diary"
Wallace R. Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 11:32:21 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2182
WWII Enlistment Records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 15:50:13 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 09:50:37 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Added a “ ’ ” at Urgin in the Summary biography – Source : Wallace R. Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 02:23:29 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 11:28:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 2182, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 51 , 105, 367 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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