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Richard J Boes

Military

Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Bockingen, Germany in P-51D 44-13561 'Short Fuze Sally' lagging behind was bounced by Me109's and shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10255.

Awards: PH

Service

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

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

  • 356th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Midland County, MI, USA 17 May 1923

Son of John Boes

Enlisted Battle Creek, MI, USA 12 February 1942
Based Goxhill 16 July 1944 – August 1944

Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Lashenden August 1944 – 29 October 1944

Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Heilbronn, Germany 29 October 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Bockingen, Germany in P-51D 44-13561 'Short Fuze Sally' lagging behind was bounced by Me109's and shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10255.

Buried Gondelsheim, Germany 1 November 1944

Interred
Community cemetery
Gondelsheim, Germany.

Buried Grand Rapids, MI, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Grand Rapids
Michigan
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 16:15:45 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/320728845/?terms=Richard%20J%20Boes
https://www.fold3.com/image/28730162
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Boes%2C+Richar...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84489121_richard_j%20boes/details/

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

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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