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Rosh O Crosby


Rosh Crosby served as a co-pilot with the 778th Bomb Squadron of the 464th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Pantanella airfield, Italy. On 5 February 1945, he was flying B-24 42-52537 on a mission to Regensburg. With two engines shot up, they diverted to Switzerland, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a deserted German airfield. All of the crew evaded capture and survived. They were MIA Feb 5, 1945 to Apr 15, 1945.


Units served with

  • 464th Bomb Group

    464th Bomb Group

    A Consolidated History of the 464th Bomb Group ...

  • 778th Bomb Squadron

    778th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in...


  • 42-52537 Ruthie the Raider

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost Feb 5, 1945, Germany. Two engines shot up, diverted to Switzerland, ran out of fuel and crash landed on deserted German airfield. Crew returned. MACR 12064.

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Evaded (EVD) Switzerland 5 February 1945 – 15 April 1945
Lived in Lyons, NE 68038, USA

Address of next-of-kin, his mother, Inez Susan Crosby


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 15:33:13 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Correspondence with Glenn Crosby, son of Rosh O Crosby.