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A member of the Women's Army Corps with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-6483) nicknamed "Ruby's Raiders" of the 385th Bomb Group. Image via Lieutenant Clark Barton Rollins Jr, Pilot of the 385th Bomb Group.



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • Women's Army Corps


  • Ruby Newell

    Military | Corporal | WAC
    In 1944 she was voted "the prettiest WAC in the 8th Air Force" by the GIs, in a "Stars and Stripes" newspaper competition. ...

  • Clark Rollins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 30 missions over Europe with a lead crew. Received lot of flak and enemy fighter attacks, lost engines, etc. , but always made it back to the base. After it was all over, it was a wonderful experience. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC


  • 44-6483 RUBY'S RAIDERS

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 17/8/44; Grenier 4/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-G] Gt Ashfield 8/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/11/45. RUBY'S RAIDERS.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:37:01 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection