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Jerry John Joswick


Member of the Ninth Bomber Command Camera Unit attached to 98th Bomb Group. He is the co-author of "Combat Camera Man", 1961.
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-11896.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), BS, WWII Victory, EAME. Also British African Star.


Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 41-24198 - The Vulgar Virgin - Hell From Heaven - Shoot You're Faded

    B-24 Liberator
    - The B-24D, 41-24198, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, was one of 2 B-24Ds in the MTO based at Benghazi, Libya, with identical nose art pictures, and both named, The Vulgar Virgin, this one, 41-24198, flown...

  • 41-11767 'Shanghi Lil'

    B-24 Liberator
    First served in 345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF with the name SHANGHAI LIL before being sent to the Project 19 depot at Gura in Eritrea for repairs. ...

  • 41-11896 'Nightmare'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot Lt. Col. Julian M. Bleyer, returning safely to Libya. Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, pilot Herman E Stephens - 7 KIA / 3 POW MACR 463


  • 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 Milwaukee, WI 5 April 1923

Son of Theresa Joswick.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 29 December 1941

Chicago, Illinois

Discharged USAAF 27 June 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Kula, HI 11 May 1990


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2021 16:37:54 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and aircraft associations
"Combat Camera Man" - Awards.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2021 13:18:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations

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