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James E Marquis

Military

Lt. James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his navigator flight training in the U.S. Lt. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in the United Kingdom, and was temporarily detached, TDY, to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bomb Squadron for Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing mission on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania, 1 Aug 1943. 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 combat missions in early 1943 in the MTO area after arriving in North Africa and being temporarily transferred, TDY, to the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. On every mission, Lt. Marquis' B-24 aircraft returned to base damaged with multiple flak hits.

Lt. Marquis flew with his command pilot, Lt. Claude Turner and Lt. Robert Geiss on, The Vulgar Virgin, on Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 43. On the Ploesti mission, on his approach to his target, White IV, Marquis' B-24D took two direct hits by flak. Knowing his crippled ship could not make it all the way home, Lt. Marquis navigated, The Vulgar Virgin, south to Chorlu, Turkey, where Claude Turner, his copilot Lt. Robert Geiss, and crew landed safely. Marquis' bomber, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, and the entire crew, were interned in Turkey by the Turkish Air Force after the Ploesti mission. Lt. Marquis earned the Distinguished Flying Cross on the Ploesti mission, as did all of the air crewmen who flew on the mission. 10 INT. 1 Aug 1943
After being in captivity for a short time, Lt. Marquis and Lt. Turner made a harrowing escape from Turkish captivity and, with the help of friendly partisans, they both returned to duty in England. (RTD).

Lt. Robert Marquis' two pilots, Claude Turner, Robert Geiss, and all of his crewmen on, The Vulgar Virgin, were later shot down and killed in action (KIA) over Germany in the B-24D, Birmingham Blitzkrieg.

Lt. Marquis survived World War II and retired from the USAF in 1960 with the rank of Lt. Col. He died on November 10, 1994.

Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak leaf Cluster - Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters - WWII Victory Medal - European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars - WWll Victory Medal

Service

People

  • Robert Geiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Robert Geiss was signed to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF, in the U.K. He was shot down and killed (KIA) with his pilot, Lt. Claude A. Turner and his entire crew in the B-24D, 42-63988, named, Birmingham...

  • James Marquis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his navigator flight training in the U.S. Lt. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in the United Kingdom, and was temporarily...

  • John Rudell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSGT John Peter Rudell ...

  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command 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

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

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...

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. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

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
11 May 2022 18:25:49 Kickapoo Changes to nickname and biography
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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23 November 2021 20:24:07 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname
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https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139521213

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 13:24:49 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Added details. - Kickapoo

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19 November 2021 13:12:23 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Details added. - Kickapoo

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19 November 2021 13:00:20 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 23:04:43 Kickapoo Changes to role and place associations
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Added places. - Kickapoo

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21 October 2021 23:02:46 Kickapoo Changes to biography and person associations
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Word spacing. Added details for accuracy. - Kickapoo

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

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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

Date Contributor Update
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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