42-50960, no 85,Mary Ellen and crew:
Standing, L to R:
Andrus, Robert E. Co-pilot
Campbell, Robert G. Radio Operator
Winograd, Leonard (NMI) Navigator
Ruetsch, Robert D. Ball Turret
Sabatino, Thomas G. Tail Turret
Kneeling, L to R:
Cartier, Robert J. Bombardier
Carlton, Emory Lane Waist Gunner
Rudisill, Carl P. Nose Turret
Corbett, Robert F. Engineer
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.