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Richard Thompson Carrington Jr

Military

Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

Service

People

  • Arthur Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Cromwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner/Observer | 384th Bomb Group
    Ordered to the 8th Air Force Officers Rest Home, Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire for seven days Temporary Duty on or about 15 August 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #70 dated 14 August 1943. ...

  • Harvey Esty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Martin-Vegue

    Military | Major | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Group navigator

  • Alfred Nuttall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Squadron Commander | 384th Bomb Group
    Original 544th BS CO, member of original cadre to form squadron. ...

  • Walter Parkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Salvatore Perrotti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1944in B-17 #4230032 'Sky Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Phillip Schmidlapp

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Scholand

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Winford Smalley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30139 SNUFFY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Sioux City 30/4/43; Kearney 6/5/43; Tinker 22/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 545Bomb Squadron/384Bomb Group [JD-O] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 14 June 1943; Missing in Action on...

  • 42-3216 The Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 13/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha Massey, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Leroy...

  • 42-3230 Yankee Powerhouse / Mary Kathleen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Drewry Wofford, Co-pilot: Bob Palton, Navigator: Malcolm McDonald, Bombardier: George Kyriakopoulous, Flight...

  • 42-3231 The Inferno

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-M] Grafton Underwood 28/5/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Capt Rich Carrington, Co-pilot: Harvey Esty, Navigator: Robin Taber, Bombardier: Capt Mike Smithwick, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salt Lake City, UT 1 March 1923
Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 22 January 1942
Shot Down/Captured Erfstadt, Germany 12 August 1943

When I last saw Capt Carrington's plane he was still under control and knew exactly what he was doing. I think it was one of the finest examples of personal bravery I had ever witnessed." - from another 384th BG pilot who had witnessed Carrington's plane drop out of formation and attacked by German Fighters. Carrington turned his plane into the attack and positioned the a/c as best as possible to bring his guns to bear on the enemy.

POW Moosburg, Germany 15 August 1943 – May 1945

Stalag Luft III
(dates are approximate)

Died Tehachapi, CA 3 December 2013

Col. Richard Thompson Carrington, Jr.
1923 — 2013

Col. Richard Thompson Carrington, Jr., born March 1, 1923, passed away on Dec. 3, 2013. Married for 70 years to his wife Jewel, Richard was the father of Michael and Patrick, grandfather to seven, great-grandfather to two, and raised three grandchildren: Colin, Kaylee and Naomi.

Richard served for over 27 years in the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of Colonel. He flew the B17 in WWII and was shot down over Germany in August of 1943 and held as a POW at Stalag Luft III before being rescued in 1945 by a branch of Patton's army.

After the war, Richard took a two-year break from service to attend college at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, returning to service in 1948. His flying career included the B29 and B47 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., a tour at Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Omaha, Neb. as well as serving as an Air Force Representative for NATO.

Buried Arvin, CA 7 December 2013

Bakersfield National Cemetery
Arvin, Kern County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 9 Plot 318

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 20:25:25 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=3070
MACR

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 19:02:11 466thHistorian Changes to suffix
Sources

corrected entry

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 00:10:23 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=640
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1665318
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2228/images/31805_00025...
https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/240919369:7545?indiv=1...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/131564165/richard-thompson-carrington

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 287 / MACR 287, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=c... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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