Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II

BIBY, RUFUS HOWARD

Staff Sergeant, U. S. Army Air Corps. Home address: Ponca City, Kay County. Mrs. Elvie V. Biby, Wife, 714 North Peachtree St., Ponca City. Born January 29, 1922. Enlisted August 10, 1940; Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation; Air Medal; two Oak Leaf Clusters; Order of the Purple Heart, Citation of Honor, and Distinguished Flying Cross awarded posthumously. Graduated ponca City High School in May, 1939. Attended Junior College, Tonkawa, Oklahoma. Trained one and a half years and graduatel in ATmament and Power Turret at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado; trained and graduated in Aerial Gunnery at Las Vegas, Nevada. His Citation with the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight against the enemy stated in part: "When the B-26 type aircraft in which he was serving as tail gunner was seriously damaged by the enemy fire, Sergeant Biby steadfastly remained at his position and manned his guns against the enemy. A burst of enemy flak severely wounded him, but, refusing first aid, he continued firing upon the enemy and succeeded in driving off numerous aircraft. “His superb airmanship and determination” enabled the other members of the crew to return to their base in safety. Died November 19, 1944, in action over Duren, Germany.

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