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James E Marquis

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James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his flight training in the U.S. Lt. James E. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in Britain. He was the navigator on his B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40608, the 'Vulgar Virgin' with his pilot, Lt. Claude A. Turner, and flew on a number of missions in the MTO area after arriving in North Africa and being temporarily transferred, TDY, to the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. He flew with his pilot, Lt. Turner, on the 'Vulgar Virgin', on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. On the Ploesti mission, on his approach to his target, "White IV", Turner's B-24 took two direct hits by flak. Knowing he could not fly his crippled ship all the way home, Turner decided to fly south to Chorlu, Turkey, where he landed safely, and where his bomber, and his crew, including Lt. James Marquis, were interned by the Turkish Air Force. August 1, 1943.

- Interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B-2D, 42-40608, 'Vulgar Virgin' - Later, Turner and Marquis escaped from Turkish captivity and returned to duty in England.

James Marquis was on TDY to the 9th Air Force and the 98th Bomber Group and the 343rd Bomb Squadron during Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania on 1 August 1943. Lt. Marquis earned the Distinguished Flying Cross on that mission.

He retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel in 1960.

Awards: the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the WWII Victory Medal, and the European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars.

James Marquis died on November 10, 1994

Service

People

  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    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,...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 6 February 1922
Enlisted Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, USA 15 October 1940

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Based 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Force landed and Interned Çorlu, Tekirdağ, Turkey 1 August 1943
Died Melbourne, FL 10 November 1994

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2021 08:47:05 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/46828029/james-e-marquis-social-security-de...
https://www.fold3.com/record/626327433/james-marquis-1922-veterans-affai...

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 10:56:08 Kickapoo Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 10:51:30 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40608 - 'The Vulgar Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 02:37:19 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Social Security Records

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 02:30:07 Kickapoo Changes to nickname
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40608' - 'Vulgar Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 02:03:30 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40608' - 'Valient Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 01:56:46 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40608' - 'Valient Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 01:46:29 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Vulgar Virgin'

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2020 13:03:38 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/46828029/social-security-death-index-james-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/626327433/u-s-department-of-veterans-affair...
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1994-11-13-9411130221-st...

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 14:17:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2018 11:51:04 LouisMarquis99 Changes to biography
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Source: Louis Marquis

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14 August 2018 13:08:30 Emily Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and mission associations
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Information provided by Louis Marquis, grandson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:18 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 221

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