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SSGT Charles Raymond Ruark

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SSGT Charles Raymond Ruark

Birth
East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Death
1 Aug 1943 (aged 19)
Romania
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Sec: 15, Site: 107
Memorial ID
49305959 View Source

Waist Gunner S/Sgt. Charles Ruark DFC KIA
Squadron: 389th Bomb Group TDY 98th BG
Hometown: Moline, Ill.
Service# 16098271
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart Pilot Pilot Capt. James A.Gunn III DFC KIA

Target;"Operation Tidal Wave " (White 4) Ploesti.
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-11840
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:P
Aircraft Name: SNOW WHITE
Cause; Bulgarian fighter. 8KIA 1POW
Location: Missing Downed NE of Skopje at Brod today Macedonia

Sgt. Ruark lost his life in "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids if WW2 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on this mission.

Briefed to fly in the 3rd wave attacking White IV at Ploesti, from Berka II at Libya with the 98th BG.
Gunn dropped to aid THE WITCH of Lt Darlington during the withdrawal from Ploesti, they were intercepted by Bulgarian ME-109 at 13:40 hrs. SNOW WHITE was claimed shot down by Lt. Peter Bochev of the Bulgarian AF. Captain Gunns ship took fire on the fuselage and crashed in the mountainous area NE of Skopje at Brod (today Macedonia). Only SSgt S. Horine who was badly burned managed to bail out. On 3rd of August 1943 a SAR mission was sent from Libya to search for Capt.Gunn, the aircraft performed SAR patterns over the estimated crash site at 500 feet AGL returning with no results to Libya.

Thanks to Lt.Quigley the Bombardier on Lt.Darlingtons crew for whom Jim Gunn and his crew gave their lives, the SNOW WHITE crewmans remains were located and reinterred with honors in a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery after WW2.

Crew of SNOW WHITE
Capt James A. Gunn III Pilot
1st/Lt. Richard C. Williamson Co Pilot
1st/Lt. Bernard E Leimbach Navigator
2nd/Lt. Robert E. Courtney Bombardier
T/Sgt. Edwin L. Turner Engineer
T/Sgt.Delmar E. Smith Radio Op.
T/Sgt.Delmar E. Smith Radio Op.
S/Sgt.Charles R. Ruark Gunner
S/Sgt.Frederick Stukey Gunner
S/Sgt. Stanley Myron Horine Gunner
U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII. Top turret gunner on the B-24 Bomber.

Sgt Ruark died in action during Operation Tidal Wave, an attack on the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania. He left a wife, Maxine Peron Ruark, and a son, Charles Raymond Ruark, Jr. , who was born about three months after Sgt Ruark's death. Sgt Ruark received the Distinguished Flying Cross (postumously) and the Purple Heart after being wounded earlier in the war. For a time, there were rumors that men were seen bailing out of the bomber that carried Sgt Ruark, but Sgt Ruark was never listed as a POW, and his body was never recovered. He was declared killed in action in 1944.

**On military records, Sgt Ruark is mistakenly listed under the name of Charles R Rurak on the list of soldiers killed in action in this operation.

Waist Gunner S/Sgt. Charles Ruark DFC KIA
Squadron: 389th Bomb Group TDY 98th BG
Hometown: Moline, Ill.
Service# 16098271
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart Pilot Pilot Capt. James A.Gunn III DFC KIA

Target;"Operation Tidal Wave " (White 4) Ploesti.
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-11840
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:P
Aircraft Name: SNOW WHITE
Cause; Bulgarian fighter. 8KIA 1POW
Location: Missing Downed NE of Skopje at Brod today Macedonia

Sgt. Ruark lost his life in "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids if WW2 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on this mission.

Briefed to fly in the 3rd wave attacking White IV at Ploesti, from Berka II at Libya with the 98th BG.
Gunn dropped to aid THE WITCH of Lt Darlington during the withdrawal from Ploesti, they were intercepted by Bulgarian ME-109 at 13:40 hrs. SNOW WHITE was claimed shot down by Lt. Peter Bochev of the Bulgarian AF. Captain Gunns ship took fire on the fuselage and crashed in the mountainous area NE of Skopje at Brod (today Macedonia). Only SSgt S. Horine who was badly burned managed to bail out. On 3rd of August 1943 a SAR mission was sent from Libya to search for Capt.Gunn, the aircraft performed SAR patterns over the estimated crash site at 500 feet AGL returning with no results to Libya.

Thanks to Lt.Quigley the Bombardier on Lt.Darlingtons crew for whom Jim Gunn and his crew gave their lives, the SNOW WHITE crewmans remains were located and reinterred with honors in a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery after WW2.

Crew of SNOW WHITE
Capt James A. Gunn III Pilot
1st/Lt. Richard C. Williamson Co Pilot
1st/Lt. Bernard E Leimbach Navigator
2nd/Lt. Robert E. Courtney Bombardier
T/Sgt. Edwin L. Turner Engineer
T/Sgt.Delmar E. Smith Radio Op.
T/Sgt.Delmar E. Smith Radio Op.
S/Sgt.Charles R. Ruark Gunner
S/Sgt.Frederick Stukey Gunner
S/Sgt. Stanley Myron Horine Gunner
U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII. Top turret gunner on the B-24 Bomber.

Sgt Ruark died in action during Operation Tidal Wave, an attack on the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania. He left a wife, Maxine Peron Ruark, and a son, Charles Raymond Ruark, Jr. , who was born about three months after Sgt Ruark's death. Sgt Ruark received the Distinguished Flying Cross (postumously) and the Purple Heart after being wounded earlier in the war. For a time, there were rumors that men were seen bailing out of the bomber that carried Sgt Ruark, but Sgt Ruark was never listed as a POW, and his body was never recovered. He was declared killed in action in 1944.

**On military records, Sgt Ruark is mistakenly listed under the name of Charles R Rurak on the list of soldiers killed in action in this operation.


Inscription

SSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II

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S/SGT AAF USA


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