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David Randolph Rautio

Military

Assigned to 532BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 30+ combat missions. 14-Oct-44 wounded by flak burst directly above cockpit in B-17 42-102703 'Pella Tulip'. RTD. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Charles Reseigh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 532BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 30+ combat missions. 14-Oct-44 wounded by flak burst directly above cockpit in B-17 42-102703 'Pella Tulip'. RTD. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102703 Pella Tulip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-M] Ridgewell 22/5/44; 30+m battle damaged Cologne 16/10/44 with Chas Reseigh; two minutes before bombs away a flak hit smashed cockpit and nose comp. Pilot Reseigh...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hurley, WI 4 April 1923

Son of Edward A and Hilda S Rautio.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 12 December 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Flight training Marfa, TX February 1944

Pilot training - Marfu, Texas

Flight training Roswell, NM March 1944

1st Pilot training - Roswell, NM

Based Ridgewell June 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 532BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Married Cook County, IL 19 January 1945

Married Irene Calvetti.

Discharged USAAF 16 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 7 January 2015

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 21:40:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/55664731
https://www.fold3.com/image/655991424
https://www.fold3.com/image/138956260
https://www.fold3.com/record/84461980-david-r-rautio
https://www.fold3.com/page/640261246-david-r-rautio/facts
https://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Wisconsin/David-Rautis_2pw3qg

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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