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SSgt Quentin C Ruecker

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SSgt Quentin C Ruecker

Birth
Washington, USA
Death
26 Nov 1942 (aged 21–22)
Papua New Guinea
Burial
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot
D Row 2 Grave 203
Memorial ID
56790789 View Source

Quentin served as a Staff Sergeant & Co-Pilot on C-47 #41-38631, 33rd Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Marion County, Oregon & was previously a member of the Oregon National Guard prior to the war.

The National Guard unit he was previously a member of was called into full time active Army service on May 16, 1941, prior to the war, from Fort Steven's, Oregon. Since he had only been out the Guard for less than three months he was called back into service with the unit. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a Financial Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

C-47 #41-38631 took off from Dobodura, Oro Province Papua New Guinea on a mission to the 5 Mile Drome (Ward Drome) National Capital District, Papua New Guinea. Soon after takeoff they were attacked by Japanese Zeros and shot down near Dobodura. C-47 #41-38601 was also shot down more than likely by the same Zeros either on the same day or the day after.

Quentin was "Killed In Action" on this flight during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 20938780

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Airmen who perished on C-47 #41-38631:

Baltascavage, Joseph G ~ Sgt, Crew Chief, PA
Brandt, Marvin L ~ S/Sgt, Pilot, IL
Bryan, Hugh M ~ Cpl, Radio Operator, DC
Ruecker, Quentin C ~ S/Sgt, Co-Pilot, OR

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For those who perished on C-47 #41-38601 see:

Lattier, Earl B ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, LA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Quentin served as a Staff Sergeant & Co-Pilot on C-47 #41-38631, 33rd Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Marion County, Oregon & was previously a member of the Oregon National Guard prior to the war.

The National Guard unit he was previously a member of was called into full time active Army service on May 16, 1941, prior to the war, from Fort Steven's, Oregon. Since he had only been out the Guard for less than three months he was called back into service with the unit. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a Financial Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

C-47 #41-38631 took off from Dobodura, Oro Province Papua New Guinea on a mission to the 5 Mile Drome (Ward Drome) National Capital District, Papua New Guinea. Soon after takeoff they were attacked by Japanese Zeros and shot down near Dobodura. C-47 #41-38601 was also shot down more than likely by the same Zeros either on the same day or the day after.

Quentin was "Killed In Action" on this flight during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 20938780

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on C-47 #41-38631:

Baltascavage, Joseph G ~ Sgt, Crew Chief, PA
Brandt, Marvin L ~ S/Sgt, Pilot, IL
Bryan, Hugh M ~ Cpl, Radio Operator, DC
Ruecker, Quentin C ~ S/Sgt, Co-Pilot, OR

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For those who perished on C-47 #41-38601 see:

Lattier, Earl B ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, LA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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