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Richmond C Young


Richmond C Young was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy) stationed in Lavenham, England during World War II, and completed 34 successful bombing missions over Europe. He was shot down once and crash landed in Poland, evaded capture, and was returned to England to continue flying. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, among others, during his military service.


Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


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15 April 2020 19:51:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

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02 October 2018 16:31:54 oconnornj Changes to media associations

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02 October 2018 16:16:16 oconnornj Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and place associations

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02 October 2018 16:10:09 oconnornj Changes to awards

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27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit Roster /