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Richard F Fixa

Military

Dick Flew 37 missions; A proud member of the 351st/510th Heavy bomber Group,Polebrook, England.Missions to Berlin and the breakout for operation Cobra, the breakout of Normandy ( D Day) invasion . He also bombed during the battle of the bulge. Credited with shooting down one ME 109. Dick had completed his missions before is 20th birthday and was thought to be the youngest bombardier ( B-17 Heavy) to come home from 37 missions. He came home to Los Angeles and continued his education at the University of Southern California

Air Medal; Bronze star with clusters
Air Medal; Broze star with clusters

Service

Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8280

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Kearney 9/8/44; Grenier 23/8/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-H] Polebrook 10/9/44; {73m} landing accident, nosed over 13/5/45 with Bill Rice; Salvaged 15/5/44. L'LLE BOY.

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Omaha, Nebraska 30 April 1925

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2019 11:13:48 Emily Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Associated aircraft added to Media record by relatives

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2017 00:08:58 thefix Changes to biography
Sources

Dick Flew 37 missions; A proud member of the 351st/510th Heavy bomber Group,Polebrook, England.Missions to Berlin and the breakout for operation Cobra, the breakout of Normandy ( D Day) invasion . He also bombed during the battle of the bulge. Credited with shooting down one ME 109. Dick had completed his missions before is 20th birthday and was thought to be the youngest bombardier ( B-17 Heavy) to come home from 37 missions. He came home to Los Angeles and continued his education at the University of Southern California

Air Medal; Bronze star with clusters

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son

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