John J Ruppert

Military

Object Number - UPL 33074 - John J. Ruppert, 447th Bomb Group

John had entered the Aviation Cadet programme in July 1943 but due to a surplus of pilots opted to train as a gunner. He joined the group at Rattlesden where he flew on 13 missions; on the last they made a forced landing on an old Luftwaffe airfield in France. The crew were sent to Paris until they could be collected -- meantime they had been classed as 'Missing in Action'.

Air Medal; one cluster

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tail Wind
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: American Beauty
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Bloody Bucket and Ol Boomerang
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (447th Bomb Group)

Events

Event Location Date Description
Iowa City, IA, USA

Revisions

Date2 May 2022 10:08:20
ContributorHelen
Sources

Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

Date24 Apr 2021 12:58:40
ContributorRayWells
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Added connections to crew

Date24 Apr 2021 12:53:39
ContributorRayWells
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added connections

Date27 Apr 2018 14:13:45
Sources

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:16:18
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men, as of 01 August 1945

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