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Charles Raymond Ruark


Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40364 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'; shot down near the Yugoslavia/Bulgaria border by enemy fighters during withdrawal from the target. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 165

SSgt Ruark flew with Capt Gunn on Crew 67-19 on movement orders dated January 27, 1943 to North Africa as part of the 98th Bomb Group. He was not assigned to the 389th BG.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, ACM, EAME w/2 campaign stars



  • James Gunn

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    ~ 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. ...

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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...


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

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Pink Elephant, 42-40364, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, "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 the Seven...


  • 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


Event Location Date
Born Moline, IL, USA 11 February 1924

Son of Harry Charles and Jessie Loretta [Hougham] Ruark.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 8 July 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Macedonia (FYROM) 1 August 1943
Buried 12 July 1949

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Grave 107, Section 15


Date Contributor Update
26 March 2022 19:35:32 decwriter Changes to biography and awards

Added to awards and bio section. Official documents place SSgt Ruark with Capt Gunn on movement orders to North Africa on Jan 27, 1943.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2021 17:36:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:23:27 decwriter Changes to mission associations

KIA during Operation Tidal Wave.

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:01:44 decwriter Changes to awards

NARA file verified awards.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:34:00 decwriter Changes to events

Updated biography information.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:36:45 decwriter Changes to service number

Correction to ASN.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 09:54:45 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

MACR 165: