Ruto, Edward Basil

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) Edward Basil
Surname Ruto
Gender M
Age 25
Date of Death 14-05-1943
Next of Kin Son of Oscar Ruto and Lena Ruto (née Bernodo), of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number DT672
Markings VR-D

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Rheinberg War Cemetery
Grave Reference 2. F. 14.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 236

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/14738
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 419 (Moose)
Trade Navigator
Country of Origin United States of America

Miscellaneous Information

Edward was born on 18 June 1917 at Kansas City, Missouri, USA. His father was a shoemaker (retired) and both he and his mother were born in Palermo, Italy. His mother died in 1937 and her first name was actually Adeline. He had a sister Evelyn and two brothers, Frederick and Charles. The first name of his father was actually Pasquale although usually shown as Oscar. He attended Woodland School, 1924-1931 (General), North East High 1931-1934 (general), Kansas junior college 1935-1937 (general) and Missouri University 1937-1939 (business admin), leading to a B.Sc. degree. Edward’s sport interests were baseball, basketball, swimming and boxing. Between 1934- 1935 he worked for Neeval Manufacturing Co as a machine op and same again 1939-1940 for Sheffield Steel Corporation. He then worked as an Accountant for Armacost Auto, Kansas 1940-1941 until he enlisted on 18 August 1941 (while the United States was still neutral).
After training Edward was sent to the U.K. where he arrived at 3PRC on 5 November 1942 before going on to 23 OTU 29 December 1942, 1659 CU 10 April 1943 and 419 Squadron on 25 April 1943. Edward sadly lost his life from 419 Squadron a short time later on 14 May 1943.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 13-05-1943
End Date 14-05-1943
Takeoff Station Middleton St. George
Day/Night Raid Night
Operation Bochum. 442 aircraft, 24 losses (5.4%). Decoy markers drew much of the bombing away from the target. Little information available from local sources about the extent of the damage.
Reason for Loss Crashed near Mönchengladbach

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