42-104601       MACR 1083

 

On 2 November 1943 a Curtiss P-40N-J Warhawk, # 42-104601, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, Jorhat, India, departed the airfield on a mission to strafe the enemy. It was last seen three miles south of Maingkwan, Burma, and had been hit by enemy fire. The pilot was Capt. John B. Ruckstuhl, # 0-348861.  The witnesses were 1stLt Irwin E. Jenkins, Jr., 0-728669, and 2ndLt Donald C. Roane, Jr., 0-728735.

 

RUCKSTUHL, JOHN BECKERS, Captain, # 0-348861, USAAF

 

John B. Ruckstuhl was born in 1915 in Missouri to Dr. Urling Cay Ruckstuhl (1881-1936) (MO) (Orthodontist) and Louise Emily (Beckers) Kuhns nee Ruckstuhl (1893-1970) (MO). Sibling Jane Louise (Ruckstuhl) Langenbach (1920-2010) and half-brother, William Kuhns (1930-    ). His mother married Albert Wesley Kuhns (1898-1974).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight school through advanced for the B-24 Liberator, earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 2 November 1943 a Curtiss P-40N-J Warhawk, # 42-104601, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, Jorhat, India, departed the airfield on a mission to strafe the enemy. It was last seen three miles south of Maingkwan, Burma, and had been hit by enemy fire. The witnesses were 1stLt Irwin E. Jenkins, Jr., 0-728669, and 2ndLt Donald C. Roane, Jr., 0-728735. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.