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Richard Germaine Atckison


Assigned to 37FS, 14FG, 12AF USAAF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Involved in fatal Mid Air collision with 343FS P-38J 42-67479 (Lt Raymond L Sumpter) on 6-Feb-44. Returned to Duty (RTD). Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Raymond Sumpter

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel on return from a bomber escort mission to Dijon, FR in P-38J 42-67479. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles County, CA, USA 31 May 1922
Lived in Cambria, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 20 February 1941
Assigned Hamilton Way, California City, CA 93505, USA July 1942 – 21 January 1944

Assigned to 37FS, 14FG, 12AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Algeria 8 April 1943

E/A destroyed Mediterranean.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 27 January 1944 – 13 March 1944

Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Mid Air Collision Le Havre, France 6 February 1944

Involved in fatal Mid Air collision with 343FS P-38J 42-67479 (Lt Raymond L Sumpter) on 6-Feb-44. Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 2149.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 13 March 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died South Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA 22 February 1998


Date Contributor Update
09 May 2021 16:59:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 10:26:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces, roster,;
- Double Nickel Double Trouble, Pg 45

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2016 18:09:25 Al_Skiff Changes to awards

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2016 18:00:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:35 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list