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B-24 Liberator #4124282 'Ruth-Less' a survivor of 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. Lost on raid on V1 rocket launching ramps at Pas-de-Calais, France. Shortly after dropping their bombs, the bomber received flak damage to the # 3 and # 4 engines (both engines on the starboard wing). Not possible to make base and while attempting to find a landing area in poor weather, A/C crashed into a hill above Eastbourne, killing all crew. 10 KIA. Pilot 1st Lt James O Bolin. MACR 6385. Picture of Lt Slough Ploesti crew.



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    8th Air Force

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    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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  • David Barth

    Military | Gunner
    Joined squad 26 October 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) 28 December 1944.

  • James Callier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Flew on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug '43

  • Daniel Kennon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Raymond Lacombe

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Severely damaged by flak after making two bomb runs over th target of Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-100073 'Sack Artist' crashed near Dubendorf, Switzerland after the crew baled out. Interned.

  • Frank Slough

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


  • 41-24282 'Ruth-Less'

    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. ...


  • 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...


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22 October 2015 22:28:48 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 14:58:11 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations