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Jesse Clyde Bowling


Jesse C Bowling named his aircraft 'Ruth Please!' after his wife Ruth.

Bowling was shot down on 19-Feb-45 on a mission over Vienna. Bowling managed to land the aircraft in Zadar.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).



  • Isaac Canetti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF. Flew over 20 combat missions with Bowling crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Landshut, Austria in B-24 42-94992 19-Mar-45; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2423 ...

  • Clifford Thomas

    Military | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 42-51924 Ruth Please!

    B-24 Liberator
    Ruth Please! was named for Ruth Bowling, wife of its Pilot Jesse C Bowling Sr ...

Associated Place

  • Lecce

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Akron, OH 6 April 1921

Son of Paris C and Lillie B Bowling.

Enlisted Charleston, WV 26 October 1942

Charleston, West Virginia

Based Lecce 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crash landing Zadar, Czech 19 February 1945

Shot down on 19-Feb-45 on a mission over Vienna. Managed to land the aircraft in Zadar.

Died Cool Ridge, WV 19 July 2005
Buried Mountain Home National Cemetery Mountain Home, Washington County, TN 22 July 2005

Mountain Home National Cemetery
Mountain Home, Washington County, Tennessee


Date Contributor Update
10 October 2021 17:32:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2021 12:55:21 JessBowling Changes to highest rank

Jesse is my Father - he was discharged with permanent rank of 1LT

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 09:44:58 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Information provided by Jim Thomas, son of Clifford Thomas who shared with me his correspondence with Jim and Sherry Bowling, children of Jesse Bowling about their father's aircraft and service.