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Richard S Christopher

Military

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 56SCS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 56th Station Complement Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-26633 'Dickee Dee'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 379FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 44-14746 'Sidney Slurp'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Hitcham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Prior to the move of the 4th Stategic Air Depot to Hitcham in April 1944, this station number had been associated with Wattisham. Exact location unknown.

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fremont County, IA, USA 1922
Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 5 August 1942

Des Moines
Iowa

Crashed 1313 Moorefield Rd, Mission, TX 78572, USA 11 January 1944

Landing Accident Moore Field, Mission, TX Cat 3 damage Lt Richard S Christopher, 11-Jan-44.

AT-6C 42-43977 - 504SEFTS

Crashed 442 13th St, Dover, DE 19902, USA 30 May 1944

Forced Landing Engine Failure Dover AAF, Dover, DE Cat 3 damage Lt Richard S Christopher, 30-May-44.

P-47D 43-25410 - 125BU 1AF

Based Raydon August 1944 – 11 March 1945

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK 22 October 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK 10 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Hitcham 11 March 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to 56SCS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2018 17:05:34 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84632462-richard-s-christopher/facts
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Christopher&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Christopher%2C+Ri...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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