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B-24 Liberator

Ruth Please! was named for Ruth Bowling, wife of its Pilot Jesse C Bowling Sr

The Aircraft was shot down on 19 February 1945 on a mission over Vienna. Bowling managed to land the aircraft in Zadar, at the same time as George McGovern also crash landed there.



  • 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...


  • 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).

  • Isaac Canetti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    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 ...

  • Clifford Thomas

    Military | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group


  • Lecce

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Crashed Zadar 19 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
11 October 2021 19:37:17 Al_Skiff Changes to serial number, production block number, manufacturer and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 09:40:43 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and place 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 about their father's aircraft and service.