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Richard D Gudmundsen

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, along with the rest of Sqn flew 4 x missions over Dieppe 19-Aug-42. Shot down on escort mission over France. 6-Sep-42. Killed in action (KIA).

Had completed the process to allow transfer to USAAF from RAF.

Service

Units served with

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • BS292

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS292 Mk IX Constr #3234, Built at Chattis Hill. FF 9-8-42, assigned to 133S 11-8-42, Circus to Abbeville missing presumed shot down by fighters 6-9-42 P/O Richard D Gudmundsen killed in action.

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Idaho, USA 1916

Son of Irel Joseph and Elsie Jane [Taylor] Gudmundsen, of Burley, Idaho, USA.

Husband of Mary Elizabeth [Bideganeta] Gudmundsen.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 6 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Operation Jubilee Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Along with the rest of Sqn flew 4 missions over Dieppe.

Killed in Action Calais, France 6 September 1942

Shot down on escort mission over France. 6-Sep-42. Killed in action.

Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard Poix-de-Picardie, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France 1946

Re-Interred
Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard
Poix-de-Picardie, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2021 09:30:54 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56199743/dick-d-gudmundsen

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 11:43:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Combat Chronology ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 14:04:37 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3557
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=GUDMUNDSEN&GSfn=DICK&G...

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2015 14:37:01 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname and nickname
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3557
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=GUDMUNDSEN&GSfn=DICK&G...

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2015 09:12:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3557
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=GUDMUNDSEN&GSfn=DICK&G...

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