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41-11840

B-24 Liberator

The aircraft, 41-11840, named, 'The Witch', was painted before the 9th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group's 343rd Squadron left Florida for duty in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in July, 1942 with it's pilot, Lt. Glade Jorgenson. It played a supporting role in an effort made by Capt. Rollo Lawrence and his crew to interest other 343rd crews in using characters from the "Snow White" movie as a theme for naming their nine ships. But, the proposal met a cool reception from the other 343rd crews, and only two of the aircraft were so named : 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' : SN #41-11913) - Rollo Lawrence's crew and, #42-40364 - with the Glade Jorgenson crew. The 343rd started combat operations from Palestine in Aug, 1942.

Aircraft 41-11840,'The Witch', was lost on the low level Ploesti mission on Aug 1, 1943, flown by Pilot Julian Darlington and his replacement crew on loan to the 98th Bomb Group, from the 389th Bomb Group. Following a running fight with enemy fighters, leaving Ploesti, they made a forced landing near the border of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia Six of the crew became POWs in Bulgaria, the other four evaded and joined with Yugoslav partisans for almost a year. The sole survivors were Tail Gunner Stanley Horine, and Pilot Julian Darlington. They were POWs together in Bulgaria.
Failed To Return - MACR 173.

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Aircraft

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

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'THE PINK ELEPHANT', SN #42-40364, flown by Capt. James A. Gunn and was the second B-24D, also named, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group - "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. The...

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    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...

People

  • Lloyd Brisbi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Julian Darlington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, BS, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Daryl Epp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Evaded (EVD). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Major Gillett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Evaded (EVD). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Hardiek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Evaded (EVD). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ned Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dale Hulsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Evaded (EVD). MACR 173. ...

  • Bernard Leimbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    First Lieutenant Bernard "Bernie" Elmer Leimbach flew on the mission to Ploesti, Romania, and served as the replacement Navigator on the B-24D Liberator bomber, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', SN #42-40364 Y. He was Killed in Action (KIA) on the...

  • Joseph Quigley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Rauba

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Places

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return (FTR) Bulgaria / Yugoslavia 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - This aircraft was lost on the low-level Ploesti mission 1 Aug 43. It made a forced landing near the border of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia following a running fight with enemy fighters. Six of the crew became POWs in Bulgaria, the other four evaded and joined with Yugoslav partisans for almost a year. MACR 173.

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03 April 2021 14:10:10 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events and aircraft associations
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21 November 2016 04:49:04 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames and place associations
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19 March 2015 12:11:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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