NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

WITCH, The

B

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24

D

-

-

-

CO 41-11840 9

98

343

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P 01-4 N/A

Port (Left) Side - Walt Disney Character - "Snow White Theme" - Survived Operation TIDAL WAVE, 1 Aug 43, Ploesti Romania
Featured in "Force for Freedom" - Artwork

Contributor - Anthony Gaster

Info Contributor - Bill Whitney
This aircraft was named and painted before the 343rd squadron left Florida for duty in the MTO in July 1942. It played a supporting role in an effort made by the Rollo Lawrence crew to interest other 343rd crews in using characters from the Snow White movie as a theme for naming their nine ships. The proposal met a cool reception from the other 343rd crews and only two of the aircraft were so named SNOW WHITE (41-11913) - Rollo Lawrence crew and The WITCH (41-11840) - Glade Jorgenson crew. The 343rd started combat operations from Palestine in Aug 1942. This aircraft was lost on the low-level Ploesti mission 1 Aug 43. It was flown by the Julian Darlington crew (on loan to the 98th BG from the 389th BG) and 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.

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