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James A Gunn Jr


Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #42-40364.

Silver Star citation:

JAMES A. GUNN JR., Captain, 10 High street, Turner Falls, Mass. As pilot of a B-24 and leader of one of the elements during this long-range, low-altitude assault on one of the greatest production centers of the Axis, Captain Gunn distinguished himself by oustanding gallantry, superb airmanship and invincible determination. Flying at 200 feet over the target, through smoke and roaring flames, oil tank explosions, exploding bombs, barrage balloons and a violent concentration of heavy flak, he kept to his course and went over the target. The valor he displayed when faced with overwhelming odds and great peril will serve as a lasting inspiration to the men of the United States Army Air Forces. (Reported as missing in action.)



  • Bernard Leimbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti Raid in B-24D #42-40364 Y "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

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...



  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Turners Falls, Massachusetts 28 September 1919
Enlisted 18 December 1941

Entered service from Boston, MA.

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

Grave 107, Section 15


Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:32:46 decwriter Changes to service number and events

NARA verified ASN upon entry as Aviation Cadet.

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 13:46:06 decwriter Changes to awards

NARA file verified award.

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02 July 2020 22:44:48 decwriter Changes to awards

NARA File verified awards.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 05:09:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 00:44:34 decwriter Changes to biography

Updated Silver Star citation.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:28:01 decwriter Changes to events

Updated biography information.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:22:25 decwriter Changes to mission associations

Updated mission connection.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 11:59:54 decwriter Changes to awards

Awarded Silver Star for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2018 11:36:15 Lucy May Changes to suffix, service number, events and unit associations

Re-checked MACR 165:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 165