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Donald K Jones

Military

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).

Service

People

  • Donald Jones

    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...

  • Russell Longnecker

    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.

  • Hubert Tardif

    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

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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

  • 42-40246 - Thunder Mug

    B-24 Liberator
    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. ...

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. 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....

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Scarsdale, NY 1942

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 11:26:49 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139477613

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2021 07:27:05 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - Thunder Mug

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2021 07:23:54 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Names added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2021 07:09:56 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards and place associations
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Best Web - B-24 - Thunder Mug

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 13:51:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and media associations
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 18:22:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

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