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Richard E Locke


Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew P-51D 'Dear Arabella'. End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: 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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 374th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...


Event Location Date
Born Bryan County, OK, USA 1921

Son of Loyde B and Mary O Locke.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK, USA 13 April 1942
Based Bottisham 1944

Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 1945


Date Contributor Update
19 May 2018 13:07:42 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:30 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list