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Louis G Reno


Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in A/C #42-39883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US.

Mid-Air Collision



  • Roy Ballard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Harry Shade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 20 x combat missions most with Louis Reno crew. Flew 1 x mission with Bill Thomas crew. ...

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...


  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-5791 'Ruthless'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/1/43; Salina 14/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Brookley 27/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 19/4/43; 412BS [QW-S]; 5m, transferred AFSC 6/43; on personnel ferry to Southport 29/12/43 with Alden Witt, Co-pilot: Bill Gaffney,...


Event Location Date
Born California
Killed in Service (KIS) North Wales 29 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
18 July 2020 22:48:49 jmoore43 Changes to events

Changed label for the Died event to "Killed in Service (KIS)" per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 02:25:32 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added S/N per records at

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 17:17:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources, Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 443, NARA / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia