Pechout, Richard Anthony

Individual Personnel Data
Name Pechout, Richard Anthony   
Rank Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 11102154   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #239 dated 5 December 1944, effective 5 December 1944.
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 22 January 1945
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Not identified in National Archives POW database.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 11994 (28.408 MB)
Accident Report # 45-01-01-524 (3.738 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
1st Lt. Van Popering, Earle Allen, "Van"PilotKIA
2nd Lt. Doheny, William EdwardCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Ferrell, Jack GordonNavigatorEV
1st Lt. Bass, Ross (NMI)BombardierTR
T/SGT. Pechout, Richard AnthonyRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
SGT. Mouratian, George (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Mathias, Charles WilliamBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Denney, Roy EdwardTail GunnerPOW
CPL. Maffei, Albert (NMI)Flexible GunnerEV

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 10 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner died of anoxia: aircraft landed in allied territory on the continent, at Valenciennes (A-83, Denain/Prouvy), France, to get medical attention for him, which was unsuccessful.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38801 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑98000. Low Squadron. Struck some trees in avoiding a collision with another aircraft following takeoff in poor visibility. The wings and fuselage were damaged, but this aircraft continued in flight. They jettisoned bombs in the Channel, and returned to base.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped bombs 15 seconds late, reason unknown.
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 44‑6514. Landed away at Eye due to low fuel and inoperative radio equipment.
Sortie Report
255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37822.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38927 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship. Left formation five miles after target and was still tracked by flak; levelled off for a short time, but soon went into a nose dive with all four engines running and one wheel down; crashed near Deventer, The Netherlands. MACR 11994
Sortie Report

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