|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1927|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1957|
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Tucson Daily Citizen, Friday, November 01, 1957, Tucson, Arizona, United States Of America
In Air Crash
T. Sgt. Ronald E. Ruble, 30,
killed in the crash of a KC97
tanker in northern Arizona Tuesday,
is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Edwin E. Ruble, 1238 S. Avenida
The giant tanker, with 16 crew
members aboard, crashed into
Gray Mountain, 40 miies north of
Flagstaff. There were no survivors.
Ruble was stationed at 'Walker
AFB. Roswell, N. M. He is survived,
in eddition to his parents,
by a sister, Shirley, and a brother,
Michael, both of Tucson.
Ruble's body js being brought
here for burial. Funeral arrangements
will be made by Arizona
Tucson Daily Citizen, Thursday, October 31, 1957, Tucson, Arizona, United States Of America
All 16 Bodies Recovered ^
In Arizona KC97 Air Crash
.-' FLAGSTAFF —IB —Weary Air
Force rescue teams last night
brought down the remains of the
last of fhe airmen killed in the
crash of a four-motored plane on a
remote northern Arizona mountainside.
A Luke Air Force Base spokesman
said, "We have accounted for
»H 16 dead. The search is over."
The KC97 tanker, on a routine
flight from, Walker AFB, N.M.,
smashed into the side of Gray
Mountain on the southeastern edge
of the Grand Canyon Tuesday.
The casually list released by
Walker showed that 12 of the 16
victims were officers. Capt. Harold
D. Shumard, 32, Shawnee,
Okla.,' was listed as aircraft commander.
The wreckage was discovered
Tuesday afternoon and search
parties found only eight bodies before
darkness halted operations.
Ground and airborne rescue
teams returned to the scene yesterday,
and the last of the remains
were carried in bags down the
rugged mountainside and flown to
Luke, near Phoenix.
"It was »• weary, grim. job," the
Luke, spokesman, said.
Col. C. F. Macomber, commanding
officer of the 509th A and E
Squadron at Walker, said it appeared,
the right wing hit first,
then the plane came.apart. He
said there was no evidence of
malfunction of the engines and
apparently no fire before the
The pilot had been ordered to
fly 1,000 feet off the ground and
had orders to turn back if he ran
into bad weather, he said.
The mission was listed as of a
Gray Mountain towers 1,000 feet
above the surrounding land and
the plane hit on the east side about
halfway up. —
A heavy ground fog was reported
is the area Tuesday morning
at about the time the plane
is believed to have gone down.
The crash scene was about ^40
miles east of the Grand Canyon
site where 128 persons died June
30, 1956, when two commercial
airliners collided in flight.
* Walker officials listed the-following
men killed in the crash:
Capt. Harold D. Shumard, 32,
aircraft commander, Shawnee,
1st Lt. Charles D. Dees, 26, copilot.
Chatbourn, N. G.
1st Lt. Donnie G. Caster, 24,
instructor - navigator, Oklahoma
Tech. Sgt Richard W. Noel. 32,
flight engineer, Norfolk, Va.
S. Sgt. James E. Hicks, 27,
radio operator, Abilene, Tex.
Tech. Sgt. Ronald E. Ruble, 30,
boom operator, Roanoke, Ill.
' Maj. David A. Whitmore, 40,
pilot, Lake Placid, Fla.
Maj. John G. Schardong, 36,
navigator, Bridgeville; Pa.
Maj. David C. Mills, 39, pilot
1st U. Richard D. Taylor, 26,
navigator, West Palm Beach, Fla.
S. Sgt. Sherman E. Woods, 25,
flight engineer, Newport, Tena.
Maj. Irving L. Olstein, 39, navigator,
Glen Rock, N. J.
Lt. Col. Milton D, Poole, 36,
navigator, Guy, Ark.
Maj. Wilbur K. Abney, 32, pilot,
Capt. David C. Morris,29, navigator,
Capt. Robert R. Ferguson, 34,
pilot, Audtin, Tex.
Edwin E. Ruble (1907 - 1967)
Neva F. Ruble (1908 - 2002)
Ronald Edwin Ruble (1927 - 1957)
Shirley J. Ruble Carter (1928 - 1974)*
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Sec. 2
Created by: Marty B.
Record added: Apr 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88670468
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