Gaston N Riggs

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 13154 - Lieutenant Gaston Riggs on leave in Texas with his wife Marie in 1944

Gaston Riggs was killed in a training accident in a P-51 Mustang. He had completed 28 missions flying B-17s with the 94th Bomb Group, before transferring to the 339th Fighter Group to fly P-51s.

Riggs was killed in a training accident on 26 February 1945, when his P-51 43-6785 developed engine problems over the Heathrow area on a training flight from Fowlmere. Rather than bailing out over a populated area, he attempted to land at Heston Airfield, but hit the farmhouse on nearby Grange Farm, crashing just outside the airfield perimeter. Local rescuers extricated Riggs from the burning wreck of his aircraft, but he died en route to West Middlesex hospital.

In 2015, Heston locals campaigned for a memorial to recognise Riggs' sacrifice.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 15074572
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Headquarters Squadron (94th Bomb Group)
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 0706731
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 0799397
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 39311319
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tommy
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

Killed in Training (KIT)

Heston 1945-02-26 Killed in a training accident

Buried

Initially buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried

Texas, USA Re-interred in Texas following the war.

Revisions

Date20 May 2015 09:14:44
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Combined two entries for Gaston Riggs. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor: Gives Gaston Riggs' middle initial as 'H' rather than 'R'.

Date26 Apr 2015 00:44:39
Contributor3903RBS
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Source: USAAF Accident report by Riggs wingman on training flight

Date29 Mar 2015 19:57:57
Contributormustangman
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photo

Date29 Mar 2015 04:05:37
Contributormustangman
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photo proof

Date22 Feb 2015 14:33:25
Contributormustangman
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special order #115

Date19 Feb 2015 12:06:02
ContributorEmily
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Transferred information from duplicate record.

Biographical details by mustangman

Data drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah Georgia

Date19 Feb 2015 12:00:51
ContributorEmily
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Newspaper article in Get West London, December 2014

Date14 Feb 2015 14:02:13
Contributormustangman
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special order#115

Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:36
ContributorAAM
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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