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Rolland W Racine

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 11 January 1944 in A/C 42-22525. On the operational mission in the Steinhuder Lake area, Germany, Lt. Racine, after getting into a fight with hostile aircraft, was returning home. A call for help came over the R/T and he immediately did a 180 turn and was last seen in a 45 degree dive going very fast heading east. Status: Missing in Action (MIA) 11 January 1944. Changed to Killed in Action (KIA) 6 August 1945.

Service

Units served with

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 361st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 11 January 1944
Died 11 January 1944
Killed in Action (KIA)
Buried Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 19:02:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

356th FG Assoc data, MACR 1742, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1742 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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