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Richard Hite Black


Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 4 x kills [1 Unidentified, 2 Me109, 1 Ju88].
Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (8 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron
  • 79th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-13535 'Black's Bird'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Black, Cpt Roark and Lt Pogue at various times.

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...


Event Location Date
Born Centralia, IL 62801, USA 30 March 1921
Lived in Centralia, IL 62801, USA 1941
Enlisted Illinois, USA 1942
Based Goxhill 1944 – 9 February 1944

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 9 February 1944

Transferred to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 14 May 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Suspended from Flying Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 11 September 1944

Suspended from Flying Duty

Transferred Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 6 February 1945

Transferred to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Grounded Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 26 March 1945


End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 28 May 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Livingston County, IL, USA 26 August 1989
Buried Chatsworth, IL 60921, USA September 1989

Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery
Livingston County
Illinois, USA


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 11:19:47 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 ;
- King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 12:59:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list