Richard Arnold Killgore

Sgt    18191018    612th
1921 - 1944

Ball Turret Gunner onboard 42-40057

Palacios cementery, Palacios, Texas, USA
1921 - 1944

     Richard was born Nov 16, 1921, Palacios Texas.
     He was married.
     In Nov 3, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     On his second and last mission, 29 Jan 1944, Target: Frankfurt, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters.
     All crew bailed out, unfortunately, Richard was killed

     He was awarded with a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when Richard died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :

         His father, Richard E killgore
         His mother, Eunice Killgore

Mission to Frankfurt, germany, on the return flight the plane was hit by German fighter.

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by Sgt. Max Harvey Schmit , Left waist gunner.

- Name of crew member : Killgore, Richard Arnold
- Rank : Sgt.
- Serial number : 18191018
- Position : Ball Turret Gunner.

- Did he bail out ? : No knowledge.

- Where ? : No knowledge.

- If not , why not ? : No knowledge.

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : Last time I saw him was when I bailed out.
                                                                             He was out of Turret and had his chute on.

- Was he injured ? : No.

- Where was he last seen ? : In the plane.

- Any explanation of his fate ? : The only reason I can give is that he was either hit after I bailed out or
                                                          something happened to him when he bailed out.

- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : 2.

- Date and destinations if possible ? : Jan 11,    1944    Oschersleben
                                                                     Jan 29,   1944     Frankfurt

                                      Richard Killgore was buried at the cemetery of Echweiler district Kreuznach.

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