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William W Dunckel


1-Aug-43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40608 'The Urgin Virgin'

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • 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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  • 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

    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


  • 42-40608 The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40608, should not to be confused with Capt. Wallace C. Taylor's B-24D Liberator, 41-24298, also named, The Vulgar Virgin, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, The Pyramiders, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, flown out of Lete Air Base...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Flint, Mich 1 October 1920

Son of William and Alice Dunckel.

Enlisted Detroit, MI 5 March 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Based 1943 – 1944

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

Interned Turkey 1 August 1943
Discharged USAAF 18 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Burton, MI 15 August 1984
Buried Sunset Hills Cemetery Flint, Genesee County, MI 18 August 1984

Sunset Hills Cemetery
Genesee County, Michigan


Date Contributor Update
21 December 2020 12:35:11 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 14:24:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 221