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Richard G Thill

Military

Left Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

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People

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Frank Keeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kehoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lee Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Navigator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Right Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Gilbert Prager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 on his 19th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag XVII-B.

  • John Risi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Mario Risi (Jan 18, 1925 - April 11, 1944) enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942 (age 17) by identifying himself as 18 years old because his parents did not agree to sign off on his enlisted. He was positioned as the ball turret gunner with the ...

  • Robert Stine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Original pilot of B17-G #42-31488 - "Shade Ruff" and B-17G #42-97478 - "Shade Ruff #2." Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Trump

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner/Engineer on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31488 Shade Ruff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gt Falls 11/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Dale Peterson, Co-pilot: George Morse, Navigator: Harley Honeberger,...

  • 42-39881 Gloria J

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Gr Island 12/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 13/12/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot: Bob Stine, Co-pilot: Bob Kehoe, Navigator: Lee Miller, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: Paul Trump,...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) In the vicinity of Hannover, Germany. 11 April 1944
Died 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2019 14:30:04 Shade Ruff Changes to awards and person associations
Sources

614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) loading lists and United States Army Regulation 600-8-22 - Military Awards.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:43:25 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
Sources

Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:25:49 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
Sources

Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 10:14:39 Shade Ruff Changes to media associations
Sources

United States Army Air Forces official photograph.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 03:13:11 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected typographical error.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 02:21:23 Shade Ruff Changes to media associations
Sources

United States Army Air Forces official photograph.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 20:13:17 Shade Ruff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and aircraft associations
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report #4017; 614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) loading lists and American Battle Monument Commission records: https://www.abmc.gov/node/516597

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4017, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1061 / MACR 4018 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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