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Richard Dale Creighton


Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Retired as a Captain from the Barberton, Ohio, Fire Department in 1962.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Marietta, OH 45750, USA 14 August 1921

Son of Hal P and Viola [Smith] Creighton.

Lived in Wood County, WV, USA 1941
Enlisted Huntington, WV, USA 25 August 1942

West Virginia

Based Wattisham 23 September 1944 – March 1945

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A destroyed Germany 25 December 1944

E/A destroyed Germany 25-Dec-44.

Promotion Wattisham, Ipswich IP7 7JY, UK January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A destroyed Bonn, Germany 9 February 1945

Fw190 destroyed 20 miles SW Bonn, Germany 9-Feb-45.

Crashed Beaumont, CA, USA 20 January 1948

Mech Failure 3.5 Miles SW Beaumont, CA Cat 2 Richard D Creighton, 20-Jan-48.

P-80B 45-8688 - 71FS 1FG

Died Arizona, USA 11 November 2015