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Rodolphe Henry Richer

Military

Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Evaded with the help of French civilians and Résistance members - Escape and Evasion Report E&E 255.

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People

  • Henry Caballero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Dube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elwin McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Richardson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, VA in 1939. While in school he joined the Hampton Battery D National Guard and transferred to the Richmond Light Infantry Blues before enlisting. He was co-pilot of B-17 #42-3437 nicknamed "Excalibus...

  • Joseph Scarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lonnie Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-3437 EXCALIBURS REVENGE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/6/43; Dow Fd 22/7/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 27/7/43. Hit by Flak over Paris on 15 September 1943 with Pilot James V. Richardson, Co-pilot: Lawrence Dube, Navigator: Elmer L. Smith, Bombardier: George W. Frank, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Charlotte, Vermont, USA 27 October 1915
Lived in August 1942

Chicopee Falls, Hampden County, Massachusetts

Enlisted 11 August 1942

in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Shot down over Paris 15 September 1943

as radio operator on B-17 42-3437; he was the sole survivor of the ten-man crew. The plane exploded right after he left it.

Evaded capture 15 September 1943 – 28 November 1943

Helped by French civilians and Résistance members through France and down to Spain and Gibraltar where he arrived on 28 November 1943. Back in the UK on 3 December 1943.

Buried 1982

Rodolphe Richer rests at the Saint Patricks Cemetery in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Died 13 March 1982

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 13:44:21 ED-BB Changes to events
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Added place of residence in Biography
Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 11:17:34 ED-BB Changes to awards
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NARA Air Force Medals

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 15:19:02 ED-BB Changes to events
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NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 09:00:42 ED-BB Changes to role and place associations
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MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2018 14:06:23 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report 255
MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 726 / MACR 726; Snetterton Falcons, pg 52 and 59 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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