Richard Castillo

Military

Joined squad 3 August 1942. Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24D 41-23819 'Rugged Bunny' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 9C. Castillo was knocked out of his turret by the fighter attacks. Upon bailout, he was taken to a German hospital and eventually paroled and repatriated to Allied forces on 22-Sep-44.

POW

Fw 190 (2) destroyed 5/14/43.

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Units served with

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

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Rugged Buggy
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Springfield, Ohio, USA

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Bad Sulza, Germany 1943-05-14 - 1944-09-22 Held at Stalag 9C, Bad Sulza, Saxe-Weimar. He was wounded and in hospital until re was paroled and repatriated on 22-Sep-44

Revisions

Date18 Feb 2015 20:59:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2015. Added SN and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Made Connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited biography per "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:42
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15509 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Webb Todd, MACR 15509, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 119, picture of plane p. 118, NARA POW records, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp.70-72