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B-24D Liberator bomber 'Jerks Natural' of 93rd Bomber Group, US 328th Bomber Squadron at an airfield at Gambut Airfield (now Kambut), Libya, Feb 1943

Caption   B-24D Liberator bomber 'Jerks Natural' of 93rd Bomber Group, US 328th Bomber Squadron at an airfield at Gambut Airfield (now Kambut), Libya, Feb 1943 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 18 Apr 2010

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Larry says:
18 Jul 2012 07:01:43 PM

My father was only survivor when this plane, the Jerks Natural, was shot down over Wiener Neustat Austria, Oct 1, 1943. he parachuted out.
2. P. J. Culley says:
13 Aug 2013 11:53:50 AM

My uncle, Philip Bedwell, was a tail gunner on this plane and died in the subsequent crash and fire in Heilbrunn, Austria. My mom and I have visited the crash site which is in a meadow not far out of town. The townspeople buried the bodies of the crewman and showed them great respect.
3. JRS says:
7 Aug 2015 12:27:18 PM

My father in-law Sam Delcambre was a gunner on Jerk's Natural 123711. He fly 36 combat missions in this plane, he wasn't on this plane that day because of illness, he is still with us @ 94 yrs young.
4. A. R. King says:
16 Aug 2015 11:06:24 PM

I'm trying to build an accrete model of the B-24D Liberator "Jerk's Natural" but I can't find any picture's other than this one. Can anyone out there help me or point me in the right direction?
5. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
4 Sep 2017 07:04:41 AM

On 6th December 1942, 24 B-24s of the 93rd Bomb Group ( Tedís Travelling Circus) based at Hardwick in Norfolk, set off for what was planned to be a ten day detachment to North Africa, which actually was to stretch to almost three months. During this period these B-24s were attached to the Ninth Air Force and while in Algeria they completed 22 missions against Axis airfields, ports and enemy convoys as well as providing tactical support to the British 8th Army, all for the loss of a mere five aircraft. These missions regularly entailed flying for nine or ten hours. As a result of all these missions the Group was awarded their first Distinguished Unit Citation making them the first Eighth Air Force Group to be so honoured. Their last mission in Algeria was directed at targets in Italy, and when the group returned to England at the end of February they were greeted as heroes.
6. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
3 Nov 2017 08:03:28 AM

By April 1943 ĎTedís Travelling Circusí had flown in four Air Forces- the Third in the United States, the Eighth in England, the Twelve in Northwest Africa, the Ninth in the Middle East, and finally back to the Eighth. They had flown about 290,000 miles, 35,000 on combat, and had searched the seas for submarines off four continents and fifteen countries. They had knocked down thirty-nine enemy fighters for the loss of ten Liberators and had dropped 2Ĺ million pounds of bombs, a couple of depth charges (one sinking a submarine in the Caribbean), a crate of eggs, a dozen oranges and a dud practice bomb on targets as far apart as Wilhelmshaven and Palermo, St, Nazairre to Bizerte.
7. Jerks Natural says:
20 May 2019 09:14:33 AM

If you look in eBay an accurate model of this aircraft can be found.

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WW2-Era Place Name Gambut, Butnan, Libya
Lat/Long 31.9512, 24.5040
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