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Richard A Ainsworth

Military

Rich Ainsworth told me that he had graduated from all fighter pilot schools, number three in his class. One day soon after graduation the CO called a formation. The CO called out names starting with "A", Ainsworth was called and sent to fly B26s as a co-pilot.

The transfer upset Rich very much but there was nothing he could do. He was assigned to an excellent pilot, Dick Gunn, who eventually became a Squadron and Group flight leader (first plane leading missions). Once in combat Rich flew as many missions as he could as quickly as he could, offering to fly back up for other pilots (see 15 December 1944) and co-pilots who could not fly for illness or other reasons. Feeling let down because he was moved from fighter planes to bombers, all he wanted to do was fly his 65 missions and get out.

This story was confirmed by Clyde Harkins, a long time friend. Rich was an outstanding man assisting people who asked questions on the B26.com message board since 1999. When Rich was young he surfed and spear fished at Crescent Bay, Shaw's Cove, and Laguna Beach, California. Rich wrote emails in caps and signed off with "DO KEEP IN TOUCH--O'L RICH--OUT".

Service

Units served with

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 558th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

  • Stoney Cross

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a secret, emergency airfield, Stoney Cross was developed during 1942-43 as an advance base for both fighters and bombers. Occupied by the RAF from January 1943, before construction was complete, the station had eventually three concrete...

  • Clastres

    Military site : airfield

  • Maupertus

    Military site : airfield

  • Chateaudun

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2017 09:44:29 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.b26.com/marauderman/ra/combat_missions.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2017 18:54:57 Mike Smith Changes to media associations
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01 April 2017 18:48:56 Mike Smith Changes to biography
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01 April 2017 18:38:12 Mike Smith Changes to role and biography
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01 April 2017 18:35:51 Mike Smith Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality and media associations
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