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Richard M Petrus


RTD crashed near Brussels on 27 Dec 44 in B-24 42-51312

Killed when 2 planes collided over base as they were coming in for landing after mission to Regenberg.


Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-51312

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50790 Little King

    B-24 Liberator
    Involved in a mid-air collision with 42-51909 on 11 April 1945, over Harleston/Redenhall. No survivors.

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Council Bluffs, IA, USA 14 July 1925
Killed in action Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk IP20, UK 11 April 1945
Buried Council Bluffs, IA, USA

Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Council Bluffs, Iowa


Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 13:46:52 usxpat Changes to place associations and aircraft associations

Correcting crew list; private document taken from website no longer available.

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 14:31:14 usxpat Changes to events and place associations

Date correction

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 14:29:26 usxpat Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources headstone application
Fold3: casualty lists
History of the 446th Bomb Group, Harold Jansen, p275

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11252 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database