Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Charles G. Ruble, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 31, 2019.
(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)
In September 1944, Ruble was a member of the 99th Troup Carrier Squadron, 441st Troup Carrier Group, serving as an aerial engineer aboard a C-47A aircraft, nicknamed the “Celia L.” On Sept. 17, 1944, the Celia L, which operated out of U.S. Army Air Forces Station 490 Langar, Nottinghamshire, England, was carrying a crew of five and transporting 10 paratroopers from the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, approaching a drop-zone near Groesbeek, Netherlands. The plane was seen taking direct anti-aircraft fire to the wing. While the paratroopers successfully exited the plane, the five crewmembers were still onboard. Three crewmembers survived, but two, including Ruble, could not be accounted for, and were believed to have been killed in the crash.