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Richard J Stone


While on a training flight on 20 July 1945 Lt. Stone was killed in an aircraft accident. He was the last pilot fatality suffered by the 356th Fighter Group during their time at Martlesham Heath.


Units served with

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-15181

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk , 10:30 on 20 July 1945 killing Lt Richard J Stone Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in West Hartford, CT, USA 1941

Grew up in the family home at 470 New Park Avenue.

Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 24 September 1942
Died Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13, UK 20 July 1945

Killed in crash of P51 Mustang 44-15181 at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk. Believed to have suffered oxygen failure and failed to pull out of high speed dive.


Buried in Plot F, Row 3, Grave 23


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2018 11:36:46 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 22:45:34 ashley8353 Changes to biography and events

USAAF Records and personal research

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 22:29:29 ashley8353 Changes to nickname, highest rank, awards and place associations

Official USAAF records, crash report and contemporary newspaper articles.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:39 AAM AAM ingest

356th FG Assoc data, MACR / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list