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George E Richards

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Captain George Edward Richards was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Richards of Forest Hills, New York. In May 1942, he was one of the first pilots in the newly formed 83rd Pursuit Squadron of the 78th Pursuit Group flying the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and stationed at San Francisco Municipal Airport living in the hangars. He sailed for England on the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth landing at Glasgow Nov. 30, 1942. He arrived at Goxhill, England, on Dec. 1, 1942, where he was attached to the 83rd Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group. He was at Langford Lodge, Belfast, N.I., Jan. 26 - Feb. 10, 1943. On several days in March, 1943, he ferried P-38s from Portreath, England, to Casablanca, North Africa. On May 23, 1943, he was assigned to the 48th Fighter Squadron of the 14th Fighter Group stationed at Talergma, Tunisia. On Oct. 3, 1943, he flew escort for Field Marshall Jan Smuts of South Africa. He made several trips to Foggia, Italy, in Oct. 1943, and was stationed there in Dec. 1943. On Jan. 10, 1944, while flying fighter escort for a bombing raid over Sofia, Bulgaria, his squadron engaged in a large dog fight with German aircraft. George's P-38G-15-LO (#43-2458) suffered battle damage and his parachute was observed upon bailout. We was reported Missing In Action (MACR# 1816). On Sep. 28, 1945, Captain George E. Richards was officially pronounced dead by Headquarters of the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.

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  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

  • Portreath

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as an RAF fighter station, Portreath was unusual in having straightaway four tarmac-surface hard runways, with double blast pens dispersed around the perimeter track. After wartime development, it eventually had four T2 and four...

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Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 19:40:00 tjsparks Changes to person associations
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short snorter

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04 May 2019 18:24:00 tjsparks Changes to biography
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Personal effects Capt. George E. Richards.

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 18:13:24 tjsparks Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 15:15:15 tjsparks Changes to unit associations
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Capt. George E. Richards short snorter

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 12:30:16 tjsparks Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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Personal letters from Captain George E. Richards to his father George C. Richards; telegrams and official communications from the War Department; personal short snorter of Captain George E. Richards.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:52 AAM AAM ingest
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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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