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Richard A Proch


On 18 March 1945 on mission to Berlin B-17 number 43-38600 damaged by flak over target wounding several crewmembers. Pilot Lt. Berryman turned east for Soviet lines. B-17 then attacked by German fighters. Berryman remained at controls while for crew to bail out and aircraft exploded. Berryman along with WG Sgt. Michael Riley and TG Norman Dahlin are believed to have been in the bomber when it exploded. Bailout occurred behind Soviet lines near Grodzisk. ROG Sgt. Leslie Chavet landed in a lake and drowned. The remainder of the eventually evacuated through ESCOM HQ at Poltava.

Proch was wounded by flak before bailout.


Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38600

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/8/44; Lincoln 2/9/44; Grenier 6/9/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 8/9/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with Dick Berryman, Lon Norman, Les Chavet, Mike Riley, Norman Dahlin (5 Killed in Action); Albt Lundberg, Jim...


  • 894

    18 March 1945


Event Location Date
Died 31 October 1925


Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 15:58:19 Sam_Martin Changes to mission associations

MACR 13138

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 15:57:38 Sam_Martin Changes to aircraft associations

MACR 13138

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 15:46:53 Sam_Martin Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards and events

Sam Martin, Reference Specialist, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
MACR 13138; RG 334, National Archives, College Park, MD.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /