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Richard L Ott


Commanding Officer 79th FS 20th FG
Combat hours 51:05
3 1/2 air kills (1 FW-190 + 1 ME-110 + 1 DO-217 + 1/2 ME-210) + 1/2 probable
KIA Jan 30, 1944 shot down by DO-217 near Osnabruck, Germany while flying P-38J s/n 42-67516 MC+L MACR 2118.
Asssigned a/c: P-38H s/n 42-67055 MC+Z & P-38J s/n 42-67251 MC+X
Buried in Ardennes American Cemetery


Units served with

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


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Date Contributor Update
21 September 2019 15:58:16 fugari Changes to biography

a/c corrections re-Peter Randall

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2019 20:32:37 fugari Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, place associations and media associations

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

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27 September 2014 18:22:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2118 / MACR 2118, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol 2 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list