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Richard D McMinn

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF,
took part in 4th FG's Spitfires 1st mission after transfer from the RAF [Circus 221].

Captain McMinn was shot down flying P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6204 by an Fw 190 near Ostend on 15 April 1943 - he perished in the crash in the North Sea 20 miles East of Felixstowe.

He and squadron-mate Capt. Stanley Anderson, who was also killed by Fw 190s on this date, were the first combat fatalities suffered by the 4th Fighter Group in the Thunderbolt.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • 41-6204

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    One-time personal aircraft of Capt. Richard D. McMinn. ...

  • EN915

    Spitfire
    Spitfire Mk Vb EN915 was built at the Vickers-Armstrong aircraft factory, Castle Bromwich, and delivered to the RAF at 37 Maintenance Unit, Burtonwood, on 17 May 1942. It was issued to 154 Squadron at Hornchurch on 12 June 1942. During its time with...

  • AD464

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD464 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command

    2 October 1942
    1FG despatches 31 P-38s to escort bombers attacking the aircraft factory at Meaulte, France, sustaining one loss. 1FG also despatches 34 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 7 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 4FG...

  • VIII Fighter Command Field Order 03 - RODEO 204

    15 April 1943
    A combined fighter force of 59 P-47s despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG participate in RAF Rodeo 204, a sweep of the Furnes/St.Omer area of France. Number contributed by each Fighter Group was not recorded in the source data. 4FG has 3 aircraft MIA,...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, OK 73834, USA 24 September 1919

Son of Charles Edward and Dessie [Hoff] McMinn.

Lived in Salt Lake City, UT, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1941

Joined RAFVR

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1941

Underwent service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941 – 29 September 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 29 September 1942 – 15 April 1943

Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in action 20 miles off Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK 15 April 1943

Captain McMinn was shot down in P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6204 by an Fw 190 near Ostend on 15 April 1943 - he perished in the crash in the North Sea 20 miles East of Felixtowe. Killed in Action.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 17:04:11 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, awards, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529903667-richard-d-mcminn
https://www.fold3.com/page/529903667-richard-d-mcminn/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763705?terms=Richard%20D%20Mc%20Minn
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56292380/richard-d.-mcminn

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 16:12:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- ABMC, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, p. 103 includes picture of the plane. ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 12:56:20 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

www.findagrave.com
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=116878
EAGLES OF THE RAF - THE WORLD WAR II EAGLE SQUADRONS by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2015 19:29:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

www.findagrave.com
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=116878
EAGLES OF THE RAF - THE WORLD WAR II EAGLE SQUADRONS by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 18:32:25 apollo11 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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