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Richard Henry Read

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Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Samuel Blum

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Brinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Doudican

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harold Goodwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Gosselin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). This was the second daylight mission to Berlin. In Stalag Luft III ...

  • Clinton Kemper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Levasseur

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Moye

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III. ...

  • William Parry

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30173 'Georgeous Hussy' 'Circe' 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 21/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 28/5/43 GORGEOUS HUSSY; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Framlingham 6/6/43 CIRCE; 335BS [OE-O/L] Horham 12/6/43; 20m, Missing...

  • 42-30322 'Liberty Belle' 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped...

  • 42-3095 'Peggy Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26-Jan-43; Pueblo 1-Feb-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 10-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 2-Jul-43; 14m, (force landed Eye AF 22/2/44), transferred SAD 1-Mar-44; 94BG Rougham 25-Jul-43; 25BG Watton 1-Apr-44; 2 BAD 19-Jun-44;...

  • 42-3153 "The Worry Wart" with the 96th BG / "Devil's Daughter" with the 95th BG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/4/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 12/6/43; THE WORRY WART; transferred 336BS/95BG "THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER" [ET-A] 7/43; 37missions. Force-landed RAF Headcorn 26/9/43; force-landed Thorpe Abbotts AF 7/1/43; force...

  • 42-31734

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/43; Gr Island 29/12/43; Detroit 25/1/44; Grenier 2/2/44; Presque Is 4/2/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-H] Horham 15/2/44; 7m, Missing in Action Berlin 4/3/44 with Marvin Worthy, Co-pilot: Dave Ginsburg, Navigator: Frank Gaynor,...

  • 42-31798 Rose O'Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 3/2/44; 15m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Garland Maddox, Navigator: Joe Krecji,Tail gunner: Ed Cunliffe (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ewalt Kuchling, Bombardier:...

  • 42-39793

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/9/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-V] Horham 8/10/43; with M.J. Worthing force landed Rattlesden AFB, Sfk, UK 10/2/44 (crew OK); [21m]Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Rich Read, Co-pilot: Clinton Kemper, Navigator:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA 7 March 1917
Lived in Attleboro, MA 1940

44 Holden Street

Enlisted Boston, MA 1 March 1941
Shot Down Goldenstedter Heide, Germany 6 March 1944
POW Barth, Germany 15 March 1944 – 1 May 1945

Stalag Luft I
Dates are approximate

Died Falmouth, MA 26 May 1983

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2020 01:27:07 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/355

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 21:55:04 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

Corrected crew connections

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 02:46:04 466thHistorian Changes to service number
Sources

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 02:43:26 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=19620349...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=491311&t...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2985 / MACR 2985, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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