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SSgt Melvin G Ruckriegel

SSgt Melvin G Ruckriegel

New York, USA
Death 3 Oct 1944 (aged 27–28)
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56753429 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 15, 1946.

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Son of Mrs. Minnie C. Ruckriegel who resided in Buffalo, New York.

Melvin served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J #44-40933, 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during WW II.

He resided in Buffalo, Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 26, 1943 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, with dependents.

B-24J #44-40933 left Kurnasoren Airfield on a bombing mission to Balikpapan on the island of Borneo. After completion of the bombing mission, #44-40933 was attacked by Japanese aircraft and shot down and were believed to have crashed at sea.

Melvin was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32830061

Note: SSgt Raymond R Altieri (shown below) was also from Buffalo, New York. They possibly also worked together.

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #44-40933:

Altieri, Raymond R ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Anderson, Jessie A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Bruebaker, Fern O ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engineer, SD
Clark, Charles B ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, MO
Dunn, Archie M, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Radar Observer, TX
Esser, Paul F, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Gage, Robert N ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IN
Ruckriegel, Melvin G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Stone, Richard D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Willis, Harry J ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, GA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett







  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56753429
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Melvin G Ruckriegel (1916–3 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56753429, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .