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The B-24D, 42-40364 - has the name, The Pink Elephant, painted on the RH side of the nose - It was the second, Snow White, in the 98th Bomb Group, the first one being the B-24D, 41-11913, Lt. Rollo Lawrence's airplane.

This airplane, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364 was lost on Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania. Aug 1, 1943 - MACR 165 - Pilot Capt. James A. Gunn, Jr.

Contributor - Robert Livingstone

Info Contributor - Bill Whitney
The B-24D, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, started combat ops, May 13, 1943, and was shot down on the low level Ploesti mission, Aug 1, 1943, with the crew of Pilot Capt. James A. Gunn, Jr. It was shot down near the Yugoslavia/Bulgaria border by enemy fighters during withdrawal from the target in the same action that downed The Witch, 41-11840, flown by Pilot Lt. Julian Darlington. The sole survivor, Tail Gunner Stanley Horine, and Pilot Julian Darlington from The Witch, were POWs together in Bulgaria. 1 Aug 1943

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  • James Gunn

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot
    ~ Capt. James A. Gunn, Jr, was Killed In Action (KIA) on the bombing mission over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in his B-24D, 42-40364. 1 Aug, 43. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40364 The Pink Elephant - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    B-24 Liberator
    The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, who called themselves, "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. First named, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was the second B-24D, that was later renamed, "Snow White and...

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11 September 2021 20:04:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Association to the mission removed. The picture does not depict the mission. The mission should be associated to the specific aircraft record. Also only 1 aircraft is visible!

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11 September 2021 19:35:08 Kickapoo Changes to caption and aircraft associations
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30 March 2021 11:22:36 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Best web - B-24 - #42-40364

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30 March 2021 11:07:58 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - #42-40364

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