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Ruth-Less Airplane B-24D Liberator Memorial on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Eastbourne Sussex.

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Ruth-Less Airplane B-24D Liberator Memorial on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Eastbourne Sussex.
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Thu, Nov 12 2009


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A very informative article has been written before in the forums, this is another.Sunday 11.11.09 I was invited to the Memorial Service to remember the Men who lost their Lives when their aircraft the 'Ruth-Less' named B-24 Liberator Crashed. Ruth-Less was from the 44th Bombardment group, and based at Shipdham in Norfolk. She was a veteran of many raids, but this would be her last one. Tragedy struck on the 2nd of February, 1944 when returning from a raid on the V1, [Doodle Bug], Assembly buildings at Foret d Eperlecques, Watten in the Pas de Calais in very bad weather. She was flying on three engines as No. 3 engine had been knocked out by heavy flak. As they were not going to make it back to Norfolk they would try an emergency landing at a fighter field at Gayles Farm near the sussex village of Friston. But approaching the South Coast No. 4 engine lost all power, and now it was either to ditch into the channel or a belly landing in the flat land fields just beyond the Downs. They went for a belly landing but the plane was losing height rapidly and the Downs was covered in low cloud........Sadley they did not make it over the Downs, they only needed a clearance of 20 feet, 6.6 mt rs, all Ten souls were lost. The Memorial Stone marks the spot where Ruth-Less came to rest.              The name Ruth-Less came about as the girl friend of the 1st Lt. was called Ruth, and when he was flying without Ruth the plane became RUTH-LESS.

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