41-24282 Ruth-Less

Object Number - UPL 14570 - 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....

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943.

2 February 1944 - 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.
1st Lt James O. Bolin, was the pilot of A/C. Shortly after dropping their bombs during the brief flight, the bomber received flak damage to the #3 and #4 engines (both engines on the starboard wing). It was certain that the wounded bomber would not make its base. While attempting to find a landing area in poor weather, A/C crashed into a hill, killing all crew. 10 KIA. MACR 6385.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32197284 / O-798720
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34283420
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-424895
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19074060
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13124616
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya. Crew: 1/Lt Frank D Slough [P], F/O Raymond J Lacombe [CP], 2/Lt George G Grimes [N], 1/Lt Charles M Shaw [B], S/Sgt Elwood W Harbison [R/O], T/Sgt James E Caillier [E/TT], S/Sgt Herman J Seigfeldt [WG], T/Sgt Dan Kennon [WG], S/Sgt Robert A Griffin [TG].

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK 2 February 1944 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. 1st Lt James O Bolin, of Joplin, MO, was the pilot of the Ruth-less. Shortly after dropping their bombs during the brief flight, the bomber received flak damage to the Number 3 and Number 4 engines (both engines on the right wing of the plane). It was certain that the wounded bomber would not make its base. While attempting to find a landing area in poor weather, A/C crashed into a hill, killing all crew. 10 KIA. MACR 6385.

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date19 May 2022 10:51:24
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date5 Jun 2020 11:03:13
Date9 Apr 2015 11:07:53
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date8 Apr 2015 14:32:01
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:02
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 6385 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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