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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.




  • 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. ...


  • 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...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
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