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Richard Louis Engel


Richard Engel grew up in Roebling, New Jersey. After finishing High School, he attended classes at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina where he was a Civil Engineering major. His Freshman and Sophomore years were spent as a member of Cadet Company D. During the 1942-1943 academic year, he joined the 3rd Battalion staff in the position of Cadet Intelligence Sergeant. Probably at the end of 1943, he left Charleston, South Carolina in his Junior year to enter the service of the US Army Air Corps. Having obtained his pilot wings, Richard was sent overseas and was assigned to the Replacement Training Unit (RTU) Headquarters 55th Fighter Group on 16 December 1944. He was killed on a training flight on 31 December 1944, flying on board P-51 Mustang Serial 44-14171. The aircraft caught fire and crashed into the sea. Richard Engel had managed to bail out, but it happened at too low an altitude, about 500 feet, and he lost his life. His body was recovered and buried at the temporary cemetery at Madingley, England. When the US Government proposed to his parents to have his remains repatriated to the United States, they chose to have him permanently interred overseas. He rests at the Cambridge American Museum in Cambridge, England, Plot F, Row 2, Grave 109. On 2 November 2005, the Florence Township Council (Roebling, New Jersey) resolved to name nine streets in honor of local WW I, WW II and Korean War veterans, including “Engel Court” (Resolution NO.2005-207, following a motion by Elizabeth Ryan.) During the session, Rev. Henry England, Engel family, spoke on behalf of his grandfather and grandmother regarding the honor given his Uncle Richard Engel.


Units served with


  • 44-14171

    P-51 Mustang
    44-14171 was usually flown by Captain Michael Alba, who ended his combat tour on 12 December 1944. ...

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, United States 1922

the son of Anna M. and Louis Richard Engel

Died Bradwell Bay, Essex 31 December 1944

Mustang 44-14171 caught fire on a training flight and plane and pilot Engel crashed into the North Sea, off Bradwell-on-Sea (South of Colchester, Essex).

Lived in Roebling, New Jersey, United States

Richard L. Engel rests in Grave 109, Plot F, Row 2


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2015 09:12:11 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 11452
1940 US Census records

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

Double Nickel-Double Trouble / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia