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Richard W O'Donnell


Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #42-31128, Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31128 Mohawk

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 8/10/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 19/11/43; transferred 709BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 20/7/44 with Gustavus Millere, Co-pilot: Don Erwin, Navigator: Dick O’Donnell, Ball turret gunner: John...


Event Location Date
Born Denver, Colorado, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 20 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
13 December 2020 20:14:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7547 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945 MACR 7547