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41-24282

B-24 Liberator

Their target was a mysterious construction site at Pas-de-Calais, on the coast of France. Although the purpose of the site was yet unknown, it would turn out to be one of the launching ramps for the German V-1 rocket.
1st Lt James O Bolin, was the pilot of A/C. Shortly after dropping their bombs during the brief flight, the bomber received flak damage to the # 3 and # 4 engines (both engines on the starboard wing). It was certain that the wounded bomber would not make its base. While attempting to find a landing area in poor weather, A/C crashed into a hill, killing all crew. 10 KIA. MACR 6385.

Service

Units

People

  • Edward Ackerman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Navigator - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385. ...

  • James Bales

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Technical Sergeant James H. Bales was born on January 13, 1919. His next of kin was his mother, Della Bates McCann nee Kennedy, and his sister, Lotus Mildred Bales. His hometown was Chattanooga, Tennessee. ...

  • James Bolin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385. ...

  • George Dewald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385. ...

  • Aubrey Maloy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385.

  • Harold Schwab

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bombardier - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385. ...

  • Frank Slough

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot of B-24 #4124282 'Ruth-Less' on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.

  • Ralph Strait

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crashed in poor visibility near Eastbourne on return from mission to Watten, FR on 2 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 13-Nov-1943 crashed on mile east of base in B24#427647. 2 crew killed, 2 seriously injured and...

  • James Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Survived crash to die of his wounds the same day....

  • Orville Wulff

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Co Pilot - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Initially survived the crash and slid down embankment away...

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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 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya. Crew: 1/Lt Frank D Slough [P], F/O Raymond J Lacombe [CP], 2/Lt George G Grimes [N], 1/Lt Charles M Shaw [B], S/Sgt Elwood W Harbison [R/O], T/Sgt James E Caillier [E/TT], S/Sgt Herman J Seigfeldt [WG], T/Sgt Dan Kennon [WG], S/Sgt Robert A Griffin [TG].

Failed to Return (FTR) Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK 2 February 1944

Their target was a mysterious construction site at Pas-de-Calais, on the coast of France. Although the purpose of the site was yet unknown, it would turn out to be one of the launching ramps for the German V-1 rocket.
1st Lt James O Bolin, of Joplin, MO, was the pilot of the Ruth-less. Shortly after dropping their bombs during the brief flight, the bomber received flak damage to the Number 3 and Number 4 engines (both engines on the right wing of the plane).
It was certain that the wounded bomber would not make its base. While attempting to find a landing area in poor weather, A/C crashed into a hill, killing all crew. 10 KIA. MACR 6385.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 11:07:53 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 6385

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 14:32:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 6385

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6385 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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