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Richard J Pear


Fire developed in the bomb bay in B-24H #41-28666 on a mission to Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 March 1944 and the a/c exploded in mid-air and crashed N of St Lucien, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28666 'Dixie DuDrop'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 458BG re-assigned to 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF as a replacement aircraft. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrickshafen left formation under control on reciprocal course, hit by 3 x Fw190 fighters causing fire in bomb bay, most of crew baled...


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 18 March 1944
Died 18 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:39 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, MACR 3334, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3334 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database