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Richard T Neary


Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission.


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943. ...


  • 42-37869

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 20FG, 8th Weather Flight Cheddington 25/10/43; on flight from St Eval to base 25/12/43, crashed on hillside three miles SE of Bridestowe, near Oakhampton, Devon, UK, with Ernie Patterson, Co-pilot:...


Event Location Date
Born New York, USA 5 May 1920
Died Okehampton EX20, UK 25 December 1943
Buried 2040 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA

At Long Island National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 09:14:22 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The 25th BG (Rcn) by Norman Malaney p. 287, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 439