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Richard Joseph Kindig

Military

Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. See the full story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fkindigrj.html.

Service

People

  • Paul Dickerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Frost

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Back in England by air 15 September 1944.

  • Joseph Keenan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Andrew Marcin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Hidden in Belgium until the liberation of Liège by American troops at the beginning of September 1944. See the pages for his pilot Charles...

  • Raymond McCarthy

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2130.

  • Leo McLaughlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Last hidden in secret camps in the Belgian Ardennes. Liberated by US troops on 1 September 1944 in Belgium and back in England by air 3...

  • Robert Sasse

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD)

  • Eugene Szulczewski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). After landing near Rekem, just inside Belgium, West of Maastricht (The Netherlands), he was hidden there then guided to the Liège, Belgium area and liberated there by US troops in the first half of...

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37864 Marty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Harvard 29/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-K] Rattlesden 21/11/43. Assigned Aircraft of the Flemming Crew until their tour was completed in early May 1944. Missing in Action on the 20 May 1944 mission to Brussels. Pilot...

Missions

  • 359

    20 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Bend, Indiana, USA 23 June 1923
Lived in 1943

South Bend, Indiana

Enlisted 8 March 1943

Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio

bailed out 20 May 1944

of B-17 42-37864 and landed near Opgrimbie, Limburg province, Belgium

evaded capture 20 May 1944 – 2 September 1944

with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Hidden in various places in belgium, he was ultimately led to a secret camp in the Belgian Ardennes. liberated with the arrival of American troops.

flown back to England 5 September 1944
Died 25 December 1986

Lafayette, Indiana

Buried

Richard Kindig rests at the Saint Boniface Cemetery in Lafayette, Indiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2018 10:15:16 ED-BB Changes to surname, middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

It's Kindig, not Kindic !
MACR 4938
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion report E&E 1433
Own research about him for the www.evasioncomete.org website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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