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Richard L Bopp

Military

Separated from his section leader after engaging German aircraft near Magdeburg. Was in radio contact as group was turning for home but unable to locate friendly aircraft. Reported shot down in P-51 42-106846 by the Germans in Northern France, his aircraft crashing near Aumont. Prisoner of War (POW). 28 May 44. MACR 5726.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

Aircraft

  • 42-106846

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return [FTR]. Reported shot down by the Germans in Northern France, aircraft crashing near Aumont. Pilot Lt Richard Bopp POW. MACR 5726.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 7 April 1917
Lived in Revere, Massachusetts, USA 1940
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 31 July 1942
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 May 1944 – 28 May 1944

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Aumont, France 28 May 1944

Separated from his section leader after engaging German aircraft near Magdeburg. Was in radio contact as group was turning for home but unable to locate friendly aircraft. Reported shot down by the Germans in Northern France, his aircraft crashing near Aumont.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 28 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Died Florida, USA 5 January 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 16:52:10 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83413079_richard_l%20bopp/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106846&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2016 14:20:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83413079_richard_l%20bopp/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106846&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 21:27:55 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bo...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5726 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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