UPL 38895


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From Pensacola, FL, Lt. Dick D. Connelly earned three aerial victories while flying with the 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, from 26 May 1944 through 27 November 1944 when he was KIA. He was buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery. 12 Sep 1944: Briefing was at 0715 for an all-type escort mission in vicinity of Brux. 14 planes took off; 4 returning early. 5 pilots were to return late. Lt. Jones, in addition, was believed to have crashed into the woods on a hill adjacent to an airdrome south of Meiningen where Red Flight went down to strafe. 4 Germans were thought to have been killed here. Bombers were escorted through target. Claims: Lt. McInnes (for Lt. Jones): 3 unidentified single engine aircraft destroyed on ground and (for self) 2 unidentified single engine enemy aircraft and 1 Ju 52 destroyed on ground and 6 unidentified single engine enemy aircraft damaged on ground; Lt. Lamont: 2 unidentified single engine enemy aircraft destroyed on ground; Lt. Connelly: 1 Me 109 and 1 FW 190 destroyed in air. ~ Excerpt from the September 1944 370th Fighter Squadron History 27 November 1944: Total for the day was 17-0-1 for the loss of Dick Connelly. On his last mission, Dick had said the night before that he believed he would not come back, adding “I won’t be killed or anything but it sure will be hell having to jump on my last ride.” That morning he told his comrades of the 370th: “Get the guy that gets Blue 3”. In combat, he called he was attacking, encouraging his flight, and a moment later remarked, “The son of a bitch has shot me down. I’m getting out.” This was near Kassel at 1230. ~ Excerpt from the November 1944 359th Fighter Group History


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 359th Fighter Group 364th Fighter Group 370th Fighter Squadron 384th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17065726 / O-692662
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: De De III
  • Unit: 359th Fighter Group 370th Fighter Squadron



ContributorJanet Fogg
ChangesCreated entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Photo of Lt. Dick D. Connelly with his a/c "De De III" courtesy Anthony C. Chardella.
Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.