In Memory

Rufe H Parrilla - Class Of 1942

Rufe H Parrilla

First Lieutenant Rufe H. Parrilla (B), flying on the final mission of his combat tour on September 12, 1944 to Bruz, Czechoslovakia in B-17G #42-31340 Miss Liberty (360BS) PU-D with pilot Lt. Arnold P. Moselle.  Lost two engines northeast of Berlin, from fighter attacks.  Another engine was lost when hit by flak over France.  It made a crash landing with one operating engine at Ruxqueiler, France.  Lt. Parrilla was seriously injured during the crash landing and was left in a Canadian Hospital in the Pas de Calis area.  He died of his wounds on September 15, 1944.

Taken from the Crew Notes of the Hell's Angels, 303rd Bomb Group.  Rufe Parrilla is in the back row, second from the right