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Richmond Sello Wollstein Jr

Military

Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Killed in Action (KIA). According to witnesses, the plane was hit by flak and started burning, some of the men bailed out, 3 evaded and 4 became Prisoner of War (POW)'s. One of the crew said the plane was headed straight for him and suddenly turned away. He credited it to the pilot, Wollstein and the co-pilot. That is why 51 years later the DFC was awarded. Also flew on 'Queen of Hearts'.

Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart and DFC (awarded 51 years later)

Service

People

  • Norman Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Evaded (EVD).

  • Steve Lindquist

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), was mortally wounded by flak on 17 July 44 while on a mission. Damage to the plane 'Queen of Hearts' #42-52511 was so great that pilot had to crash land plane on the beach near the small English town of New Romney.

  • Steve Lundquist

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), 17 July 1944.

  • Joseph Melin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Maurus Owens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Pittman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Riebe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Princess' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7912.

  • Eldred Schroeder

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bernard Tighe

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Evaded (EVD).

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 419

    17 June 1944

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hot Springs, AR, USA 2 April 1921
Lived in Little Rock, AR February 1942

3700 Hill Road

Died Orival, France 13 August 1944

KIA when the a/c he was piloting was shot down by flak near the target.

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot D Row 35 Grave 11
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2020 01:07:45 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, awards and events
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=15198858...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56361699/richmond-sello-wollstein

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 19:33:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a space to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 19:28:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 02:09:39 466thHistorian Changes to place associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 02:08:41 466thHistorian Changes to firstname, highest rank and events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 19:08:48 466thHistorian Changes to awards and events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:28:19 466thHistorian Changes to firstname
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7912 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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