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James Vernon Richardson

Military

Graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, VA in 1939. While in school he joined the Hampton Battery D National Guard and transferred to the Richmond Light Infantry Blues before enlisting. He was co-pilot of B-17 #42-3437 nicknamed "Excalibus Revenge" when the plane was hit by flax over Paris, France and he was Killed in Action. (KIA).

Service

People

  • Henry Caballero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Dube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elwin McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rodolphe Richer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Evaded with the help of French civilians and Résistance members - Escape and Evasion Report E&E 255.

  • Joseph Scarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lonnie Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-3437 EXCALIBURS REVENGE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/6/43; Dow Fd 22/7/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 27/7/43. Hit by Flak over Paris on 15 September 1943 with Pilot James V. Richardson, Co-pilot: Lawrence Dube, Navigator: Elmer L. Smith, Bombardier: George W. Frank, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Richmond, Virginia, USA 28 July 1919
Lived in 1941

Richmond, Virginia

Enlisted 3 February 1941

Richmond, Virginia

Killed in Action (KIA) France 15 September 1943

in the crash of B-17 # 42-3437, near St Germain-en-Laye, France

Buried

initially buried at Viroflay, France

Buried Arlington National Cemetery

after the war his remains were returned to the USA, where he rests at Arlington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 12:42:20 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to media associations
Sources

Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia December 4, 1943

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 12:38:40 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to biography
Sources

Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia Dec 4, 1943

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 11:15:06 ED-BB Changes to awards
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 15:05:32 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

WWII Draft card
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 14:46:50 ED-BB Changes to service number and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 15:16:33 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 726 / MACR 726; Snetterton Falcons, pg 52 and 59 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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