42-51924 Ruth Please!

Object Number - UPL 36366 - Clifford R Thomas of the 98th Bomb Group painting a bomb on the nose of a B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Ruth Please!"

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.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15172496 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12177677 / O-2001884
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Navigator

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Zadar 1945-02-19

Revisions

Date9 Nov 2018 09:40:43
ContributorEmily
Sources

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.

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