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Ralph Waldo Cummings

Military

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return (FTR) from Bremen, lost En-route to target 13-Nov-43; Joisey Bounce, suffered a mid-air collision with B-24, 42-40765, 'The Valiant Virgin', Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2179

Awards: DFC, PH.

Service

People

  • Richard Bartlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Connolly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Gunner Sgt. John Connolly, was flying in the B-24D, 42-24226, Joisey Bounce, when it collided with another aircraft, The Valient Virgin, 13 November 1943. Killed in Action (KIA). He also had flown on the famous Ploesti raid. 1 Aug 43

  • Robert Cox

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4224226 'Utah Man. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Johnston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Was shot down by enemy aircraft while on a bombing run to Bremen, Germany. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man' as it was spiraling down. Prisoner of War (POW) from Nov. 1943-May 1945.

  • Loren Koon

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Major

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-24 42-24226 'Utah Man. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Steiner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Walter Stewart

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    In 1941, Walter Stewart was a 24 year old, U.S. Army Air Force cadet at the University of Utah. He wrote, "We were pulling guns around with horses as a plane flew overhead. Jack Adamson, who had been my Morman mission companion, said to me, "There's a...

  • Stanley Wertz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group

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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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24226 Joisey Bounce - Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, Joisey Bounce, was assigned to Pilot Lt. Walter Travis Stewart of the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, for the large mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed his...

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...

  • 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 Great Falls, MT 27 December 1919

Son of Hiram C and Dolly E Cummings.

Enlisted Seattle, WA 13 January 1942

Seattle, Washington

Based Hardwick 1943 – 13 November 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) Husum, Germany 13 November 1943

Failed to return (FTR) from Bremen in B-24 41-24226 'Joisey Bounce' 13-Nv-43; mid air collision with B-24 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2179

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Lemay, St. Louis County, MO 1949

Re-Interred
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 15:02:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763217
https://www.fold3.com/image/649121392
https://www.fold3.com/record/84969575/ralph-w-cummings-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/712349707/cummings-ralph-w-us-veterans-grav...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/41144210/ralph-w-cummings

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 21:23:50 Jim Stocking Changes to highest rank
Sources

Asper listed on Purple Heart citation

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 21:21:59 Jim Stocking Changes to media associations
Sources

1st Lt. Ralph W. Cummings in front of Utah Man

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 21:05:47 Jim Stocking Changes to awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Ralph Cummings Personal diary, as well as a letter written in Nov. 1945 from Joisey Bounce (B24 # 41-24226) top turret gunner Robert L. Cox (who was able to bail out from the plane as it fell to the ground on Nov. 13th, 1943, and who was taken prisoner) to Ralph's mother describing the action.

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 14:36:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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