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Richard Jose Andrino

Military

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Bonn in P-51 44-15307. Chasing a Fw190 at low level in the vicinity of Bonn, Germany when the E/A pulled up and over a small copse of trees, following closely, A/C hit trees and ploughed in, disintegrating. 25-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11455.

Awards: PH.

Many years later, his friend and fellow 360th Fighter Squadron pilot Ed Nebinger wrote in his memoir that 'every Christmas day, as we sit down to our Christmas dinner, we fill a wine glass and drink a quiet toast to those who are no longer with us. Andy is one of those who is very much in our minds.'

Service

People

  • Orvil Burwell

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    August 1944-EOW; /Ray/; P-51D-15-NA PI-D 44-14973 /Lady Doris/ ...

  • John Crump

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    August 1944-EOW; 77 missions, 311 hrs; /Wild Bill/ PA47D-22-RE PI-W 42-26322 /Jackie/; P-5ID-15 NA PI-W 44á15056 /Jackie/ ...

  • Edward Nebinger

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Ed Nebinger was a Second Lieutenant at 19 years of age. He served as fighter pilot with the 360th Fighter Squadron of the 356th Fighter Group, flying missions from Martlesham Heath, England. Along with the other officers, he lived nearby in Playford...

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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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-15307

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Bonn. Chasing a Fw190 at low level in the vicinity of Bonn, Germany when the E/A pulled up and over a small copse of trees, following closely, A/C hit trees and...

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Stanislaus County, CA, USA 10 January 1924

Son of Esteban Pinuela and Elizabeth A Andrino.

Enlisted Stockton Field, 2498 Boulevard Del Campo, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA 12 October 1942

Stockton Field, California

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 20 August 1944 – 25 December 1944

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Bonn, Germany 25 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Bonn in P-51 44-15307. Chasing a Fw190 at low level in the vicinity of Bonn, Germany when the E/A pulled up and over a small copse of trees, following closely, A/C hit trees and ploughed in, disintegrating. 25-Dec-44. Pilot 1st Lt Richard J Andrino Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11455.

Buried Turlock Memorial Park Turlock Stanislaus County CA 1948

Turlock Memorial Park
Turlock
Stanislaus County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2021 11:14:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/629521629
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039370
https://www.fold3.com/record/84985609/richard-j-andrino-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55756000/richard-j-andrino

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2018 16:32:01 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

'Lady Doreen' by Edward M Nebinger, a memoir of his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot with the 356th Fighter Group, published in 2013. Quote from page 336.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2016 14:40:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-15307&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=11455&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/46700290
https://www.fold3.com/page/84985609_richard_j%20andrino/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Andrino&GSfn=Richa...

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 15:01:54 Lucyd Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. Record includes information from the following sources:
MACR 11455 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
http://www.fold3.com/image/46700290/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Andrino&GSfn=Richa...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11455 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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