Roy H. Ruth was born in 1911 to John and Anna Gauger Ruth who lived in Buffalo, New York. Roy was one of ten children. His father, John's mother died in 1918- when John was just seven years old. Roy had two years of high school and then went to work as a cutter in the fabric industry.
Roy entered service in the Army Air Corps on April 10, 1943 and served with the 570th Bomber Squadron 390th Bomber Group, flying a B-17 from Framlingham, Suffolk, England. He was a left waist gunner.
Sergeant Roy H. Ruth was reported as "Missing In Action" on June 11, 1944 over Brittany, France after his plane was shot down on June 11, 1944. His B-17 - nicknamed Powerful Katrinka - crashed into the English Channel. Roy's remains were never recovered.
Roy is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery, Montjoie Saint Martin, France.