42-50960, no 85, Mary Ellen

Robert Ruetsch was part of the crew that ferried the plane overseas. 

Plane was named for pilot's wife. Pilot transferred to another group.  Mary Ellen is also Robert's mother's name.

Ruetsch painted Jaynie on the plane, his wife's name.

Mary Ellen was lost on an aborted mission.  She had flown into a cloud when a plane above her salvoed its bombs, supposedly into the Adriatic.

Photos from Robert Ruetsch


At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.

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2018 reunion details

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle