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John J Ruppert

Military

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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  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

Aircraft

  • 42-107029 Tail Wind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; 708BG; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Bob Johnson, Ken Nickerson, Rubin Poss, Cecil McGonigle, E. V. Lewelling, Tom Ashe, George Christoff, Bob Gilmore (8...

  • 43-37774

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 16/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-37797 American Beauty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Hunter 1/6/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 16/6/44; crashed on base 10/1/45 with Chas Summers, sal 8/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction...

  • 43-38950 Bloody Bucket and Ol' Boomerang

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Topeka 14/10/44; Lincoln 20/10/44; Grenier 7/11/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Iowa City, IA, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2022 10:08:20 Helen Changes to biography
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Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 12:58:40 RayWells Changes to person associations
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Added connections to crew

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 12:53:39 RayWells Changes to aircraft associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2018 14:13:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to role
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:18 AAM AAM ingest
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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