Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones flew as the co-pilot of the B-24D, 42-40246, Thunder Mug, with his Command Pilot, Lt. Russell Longnecker, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery mission, and safely returned to Benghazi, Libya. (RTB) He stood in for Lt. Hubert R. Tardif, who had contracted dysentery. 1-Aug-43
Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).
Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones flew as the co-pilot of the B-24D, 42-40246, Thunder Mug, with his Command Pilot, Lt. Russell Longnecker, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery mission, and safely returned to Benghazi, Libya. (RTB) He stood in...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
Hit by flak that knocked off the tail section on a mission to V-sites near Siracourt, FR on 11 Feb 1944, B-24D #42-63978 'Lonesome Polecat' crashed near Dieppe, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).
AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
The B-24D, 42-40246, named, Thunder Mug, was flown by pilots, Lt. Russell Longnecker and Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...
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...
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....