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Richard Oren McCarthy

Military

Richard McCarthy was Tail Gunner on board B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", hit by German fighters on 25 April 1944. After bailing out, his chute got entangled in either a wing or the tail of the Liberator and Richard went down with the plane, which crashed in Ponthion, Marne Department, France. Killed In Action (KIA)

Service

People

  • Robert Behrens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Evaded with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Ponthion, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different places. After...

  • Charles Bieber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Charles Bieber was Bombardier on board B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down by fighters on 25 April 1944. He bailed out at about 6000ft, but his parachute didn't open and his remains were found in the debris of the Liberator near...

  • John Combs

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Prisoner of War (POW). Ended his military career as a Colonel in the US Air Force.

  • Eugene Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Eugene Hoag was Navigator on B-24 #42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down 25 April 1944 over France. After landing near the crash site near Ponthion (Marne Department), France, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different...

  • Anthony McKeon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Anthony McKeon was Top Turret gunner on B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down by fighters over France on 25 April 1944. After landing in parachute near Ponthion (Marne Department), France, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported...

  • Clayton Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Clayton Miller served as a Ball Turret gunner with the 458th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 25 April 1944 in B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character". Killed In Action (KIA). An obituary published in his home town records that he was 'the first...

  • Charles Roof

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Evaded with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Ponthion, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different places. He...

  • Harold Tamboer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Harold (“Harry”) Tamboer was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. After attending School 5 on Valley Road and Clifton High School, he worked in North Bergen before entering the service in September 1942. He had his training at Seymour Johnson Field,...

  • Joseph Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Joseph (Joe) Wagner was Right Waist gunner on B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character". Shot down 25 April 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52335 Admirable Little Character

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by FW190 fighters, crashed near Ponthion, ±15km NE of Vitry-le-François, Marne Department, France. Pilot John H. Combs Jr (POW); Co-Pilot Charles W. Roof (EVD); Navigator Eugene M. Hoag (EVD); Bombardier Charles G. Bieber (KIA); Radio Operator...

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 27 July 1924

Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1943

Apex, Delaware County, New York

Enlisted 28 January 1943

Utica, New York

Buried 1944

after the liberation of the area, he was re-buried in the Temporary American Cemetery #3515 at Champigneul-Champagne, SW of Reims, France

Killed In Action (KIA) 25 April 1944

in the crash of B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character” in Ponthion, Marne Departement, France (his parachute got caught on a wing or the tail and he went down with the plane)

Buried 26 April 1944

most probably in the cemetery of Brusson, a small village next to Ponthion

Buried 1945

at the Temporary American Cemetery in Epinal, France

Buried 1949

after the war, his remains were brought back to the USA, where they rest at the Paige Cemetery in Downsville, Delaware County, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2020 14:02:56 ED-BB Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events
Sources

MACR 4342
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII Enlistment records
VA Gravesite locator
https://fr.findagrave.com/memorial/78247755/richard-o_-mccarthy

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 14:00:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

MACR 4342

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4342 & Page 279 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 &

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