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Isaac Samuel Canetti


Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF. Flew over 20 combat missions with Bowling crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Landshut, Austria in B-24 42-94992 19-Mar-45; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2423

"Ike was dad's (Jesse C Bowling - Pilot) co-pilot. They flew 20+ bombing missions together. They were best friends until Ike died about 10 years ago. Ike was all we heard about as kids growing up, listening to all the stories about their times together."

Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Jesse Bowling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Jesse C Bowling named his aircraft 'Ruth Please!' after his wife Ruth. Bowling was shot down on 19-Feb-45 on a mission over Vienna. Bowling managed to land the aircraft in Zadar. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Clifford Thomas

    Military | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 42-51924 Ruth Please!

    B-24 Liberator
    Ruth Please! was named for Ruth Bowling, wife of its Pilot Jesse C Bowling Sr ...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 29 August 1923

Son of Samuel E and Esther Canetti.

Enlisted New York City, NY 1 December 1942

New York City, New York

Based Lecce 1944 – 29 March 1945

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Austria 19 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Landshut, Austria in B-24 42-94992 19-Mar-45; POW MACR 2423

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 29 March 1945 – 29 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Died Boca Raton, FL 13 May 2004


Date Contributor Update
11 October 2021 16:57:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2021 15:50:05 JessBowling Changes to biography

Personal information from my father Jesse C Bowling

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2019 20:52:48 canetti Changes to surname, middlename, nationality and highest rank

I am Isaac Canetti's son

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 09:47:18 Emily Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, role, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Information provided by Jim Thomas, son of Clifford Thomas who shared with me his correspondence with Jim and Sherry Bowling, children of Jesse Bowling (pilot of Conetti's aircraft) about their father's aircraft and service.