Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Belleauwood

KIA Ploesti Raid PH & DFC, Very Personal Grouping

Recommended Posts

Sergeant Charles R. Ruark -Top Torrent Gunner

B-24, "SNOW WHITE", - 343 Squadron, 98th Bomb Group

 

This is one of the nicest, as well as one of the more historically significant KIA Purple Heart groups that I have owned in quite a while. This group also includes his DFC, photos and gut wrenching letters written to his wife from other aircrew describing the heroic deeds of the B-24 " Snow White" during the daring low-level attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti on August 1, 1943. The Snow White survived her time over target, but gave her all in the attempt to save her squadron mate " The Witch"' which had been badly shot up and was falling behind and out of formation.

 

Sgt. Ruark, had been wounded in action (ankle) on May 21, 1943. He died a short time later with his entire crew in the "Snow White" as did 521 other airmen, on August 1, of the same year. In all, 54 planes were lost, 41 of those were in combat.

 

What this group may lack in the form of documents, few groups offer more in substance. This post will have many photos to view, but will by no means cover all that is here, or convey all the emotions expressed in the personal paperwork. In 1949, upon his repatriation and burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the flag of the United States was presented to his 5-year old son.

 

Original autographs and comment by Lt. Norman Whalen, navigator of “Hail Columbia” and Lt. Julian Darlington, the pilot of “The Witch”, the Liberator that Snow White tried so valiantly to protect, further personalize it.

 

Hope You Approve,

 

Dennis

post-3422-0-11908400-1364732963.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sergeant Charles R. Ruark -Top Torrent Gunner

B-24, "SNOW WHITE", - 343 Squadron, 98th Bomb Group

 

This is one of the nicest, as well as one of the more historically significant KIA Purple Heart groups that I have owned in quite a while. This group also includes his DFC, photos and gut wrenching letters written to his wife from other aircrew describing the heroic deeds of the B-24 " Snow White" during the daring low-level attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti on August 1, 1943. The Snow White survived her time over target, but gave her all in the attempt to save her squadron mate " The Witch"' which had been badly shot up and was falling behind and out of formation.

 

Sgt. Ruark, had been wounded in action (ankle) on May 21, 1943. He died a short time later with his entire crew in the "Snow White" as did 521 other airmen, on August 1, of the same year. In all, 54 planes were lost, 41 of those were in combat.

 

What this group may lack in the form of documents, few groups offer more in substance. This post will have many photos to view, but will by no means cover all that is here, or convey all the emotions expressed in the personal paperwork. In 1949, upon his repatriation and burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the flag of the United States was presented to his 5-year old son.

 

Original autographs and comment by Lt. Norman Whalen, navigator of “Hail Columbia” and Lt. Julian Darlington, the pilot of “The Witch”, the Liberator that Snow White tried so valiantly to protect, further personalize it.

 

Hope You Approve,

 

Dennis

post-3422-0-66459400-1364733083.jpg

post-3422-0-77677300-1364733094.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#1

post-3422-0-38608100-1364733246.jpg

post-3422-0-49029600-1364733260.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#2

post-3422-0-63757400-1364733329.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#3

post-3422-0-31707800-1364733421.jpg

post-3422-0-15774100-1364733433.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for sharing. I love seeing original groups from the Ploesti raid.

 

Keith


WANTED


USO-Camp Shows, Stage Door Canteen, American Theatre Wing and Hollywood Canteen items.


Uniforms, Insignia, Paper Items, Photos


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#3

post-3422-0-05420000-1364733490.jpg

post-3422-0-31750300-1364733497.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#4

post-3422-0-64352000-1364733689.jpg

post-3422-0-26269200-1364733702.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#5

post-3422-0-28459100-1364733771.jpg

post-3422-0-19341900-1364733779.jpg

post-3422-0-62783900-1364733792.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#6

post-3422-0-91389700-1364733830.jpg

post-3422-0-79857100-1364733838.jpg

post-3422-0-72162400-1364733850.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#7

post-3422-0-22279400-1364733884.jpg

post-3422-0-76674400-1364733894.jpg

post-3422-0-99564000-1364733914.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#8

post-3422-0-07512500-1364733954.jpg

post-3422-0-16894600-1364733965.jpg

post-3422-0-15707600-1364733990.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Outstanding! I have the MARC for Snow White. Why? Because one of the crewmen. Delmar E. Smith was from my hometown and his name is listed on the memorial wall in town. I am researching all of the names on the wall and writing a book about the men. The story I have written about Smith and Snow White is one of my favorite. It is an incredible story of sacrifice and courage. Smith was a replacement crewmen on Snow White and the Ploesti raid was his first mission. The photo album is very historicly significant. Below is a nice picture of Snow White

post-2651-0-70708000-1364734058.jpg


Looking for USMC Purple Heart for WWII or Korean War

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#8

post-3422-0-98315100-1364734172.jpg

post-3422-0-28002400-1364734183.jpg

post-3422-0-41221200-1364734196.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#9

post-3422-0-74369800-1364734263.jpg

post-3422-0-05195400-1364734275.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#10

post-3422-0-52871300-1364734346.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#11

post-3422-0-66054200-1364734394.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#12

post-3422-0-91893200-1364734470.jpg

post-3422-0-15381900-1364734490.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A Model of the SnowWhite.

Much more to follow, time permitting.

 

D

post-3422-0-82109100-1364734532.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fantastic Tidal Wave Grouping!! What a treasure! Operation Tidal Wave groups and items are very tough to find. I've only gotten 3 in over 10 years that I have been hunting them down and nothing as complete as this set! What a great, complete group. Thanks for sharing!! JD


AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

donation2017.gif
donation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very special and historic grouping,thanks for sharing it.

 

Matt.


Collecting WWII and pre-war Air Corps items-Unit Histories,Uniforms,Medals and Groupings.

*Seeking Pre-WWII Air Corps Officers and Enlisted Dress Uniform items!*

donation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The medals are amazing, but the documentation and photos make this a really special and historic group. Awesome!


Visit My Website

Falls Creek Collectibles
Selling Quality 20th Century Militaria


donation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gifdonation2012.gif
donation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif



Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of the many family shots

post-3422-0-09931900-1364743802.jpg

post-3422-0-76096900-1364743810.jpg

post-3422-0-86026800-1364743822.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The following paperwork is in no particular order, but is how it came to me in the binder.

post-3422-0-80105800-1364743914.jpg

post-3422-0-55077800-1364743925.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Early years

post-3422-0-74190700-1364743946.jpg

post-3422-0-42109700-1364743954.jpg


"RETREAT HELL.....WE JUST GOT HERE"

 

LOOKING TO PURCHASE IDENTIFIED WW1 AVIATION GROUPINGS, INCLUDING MEDALS, UNIFORMS, STUDIO PHOTOS.

PURCHASE ANY AND ALL ID'ED WW1 NAVY CORPSMAN OR PHYSICIAN GROUPINGS; MEDALS &/or UNIFORMS.

WW1 USMC ID'ED OFFICER'S GROUPS, esp. MARINE AVIATORS -

ANY LARGE FORMAT 5X7 OR LARGER IMAGES OF MARINE OFFICERS & AERO PILOTS

 

 

Collecting/Preserving/Researching WW1 Marine Corps Items and WW1 Aviation Items

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.