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Ruby Irene Newell


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

Two aircraft were named after her, B-17 44-6483 "Ruby's Raiders", and P-51 44-15315 "Miss E.T.O", and she was involved in the War Bond sales effort.


Units served with


  • 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.

  • 44-15315 'Don Helen' 'Miss ETO'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 352FS, 353rd FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Elveden Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Elveden Hall, Brandon, Suffolk was used during the Second World War as a headquarters for the USAAF Third Air Division. Some evidence to suggest that the staff quarters were struck and destroyed by a bomb. ...


Event Location Date
Born Wynnewood, Oklahoma. 4 April 1921
Died San Bernardino, California 22 February 1981


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 12:16:26 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations