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Richard T Aldrich


Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty Sept. 20, 1945.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Lived in Rock Island, IL, USA 1940
Assigned Fowlmere, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 25 October 1944 – 20 September 1945

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 7 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Rattlesden, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP30, UK 23 March 1945

Landing Accident Rattlesden/Sta 126 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Richard T Aldrich, 23-Mar-45.

P-47D 42-7993W 8AF

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 20 September 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Re-assigned 20 September 1945

Re-assigned to Training Unit.

Died 31 December 2007


Date Contributor Update
02 July 2016 18:24:00 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unknown & Unit History