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B-17 #44-6483 / Ruby’s Raiders

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.

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B-17 #44-6483 'Ruby's Raiders'

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  1. von Rod Gibbs am 25. January 2018 7:18 Uhr

    My father Clyde Elbert Gibbs flew 22 missions out of England in “Ruby’s Raiders”. He was the ball gunner. He once told me that the only things he ever shot were a Jeep and a cow. He was injured once when a piece of flack hit the ball and shattered it. A piece of the glass lodged into his shoulder. He wasn’t rewarded the Purple Heart since he wasn’t hit by enemy material! He also told me that he lost his Good Conduct Award because he urinated on a church somewhere in England. He passed away a decade ago at age 85.


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 25. January 2018 7:57 Uhr

      Thank you for sharing your father’s story!


    • von Bradley Earl Lash am 01. August 2018 0:50 Uhr

      My name is Bradley Lash I am the grandson of 1st lieutenant Marshall Lash, the navigator of Ruby’s Raiders. Mr. Von Rod Gibbs, if you may sir, please contact me I would love to talk to you about your grandfather! Lashbrade@@gmail.com


  2. von Roger McGregor am 08. October 2018 4:52 Uhr

    My Dad. 1st Lieutenant Herbert R McGregor flew missions 202, 203, 206, 214 and 218 from October 22 to December 4. 1944 in Ruby’s Raiders as co-pilot on Frank Blackwell’s crew. He completed 35 missions on January 7, 1945.


  3. von Tom Gøøde am 28. May 2019 1:08 Uhr

    Hello, my mother is Ruby Newell Dallmeier. That’s my mother on the side of the great plane and fearless B-17. I’m very proud of my mother and the brave crew of Ruby’s Raiders. She is burried with my Dad at Riverside Veterans Memorial Cemetery. My Mother was a beautiful loving person all the way. I love her, and my Dad very much. God Bless America.


    • von Katy Carter am 24. September 2019 3:07 Uhr

      I am doing some research about your mother, Ruby! I am also very proud of her even though I didn’t know her! My father flew P-47 and P-51 out of Metfield and Raydon in England in 1943-1945 with the 353rd Fighter Group. Raydon has a historical society–very active and dedicated. They have preserved part of the airfield and the runways and they are dedicated to preserving the stories of the Americans who came and helped save the world. I/we are interested in your mother’s wonderful story, too! Did your mother ever write about her war experiences? Did she share stories? Would you be interested in helping me with my research? Respectfully, Katy Carter, katycarter353@gmail.com.


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