Spead, Richard Kenneth

Individual Personnel Data
Name Spead, Richard Kenneth   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-771988   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, effective 17 July 1944.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 1 August 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England: Plot F Row 3 Grave 3
Additional Information
  • Graduated from Bombardier School at Carlsbad AAF, Carlsbad, New Mexico, Class #44-04, 18 March 1944.
  • Perished in the crash of the Robert Harris crew on takeoff, due to engine failure.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-08-01-512 (1.074 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Harris, Robert (NMI)PilotKIA
2nd Lt. Sica, Robert JosephCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Pettine, Elmer MichaelNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Spead, Richard KennethBombardierKIA
S/SGT. Kastner, Harold (NMI)Radio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Richter, William CarlEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Susich, Nicholas AlvinBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. White, Robert HaroldTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Breslin, John FrancisFlexible GunnerTR
CPL. Stanford, Vernon AlviceFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 2 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102617 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Bombardier 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Bombardier 42‑97072 High Group Flying Spare. Took off at 1150 hrs; while in air at low altitude, a fire and/or explosion occurred causing the aircraft to crash at 1155 hrs, one mile due west of Deenethorpe, AAF Station 128. Following the crash, bomb explosions destroyed the aircraft; there were no survivors. An investigation did not pinpoint the cause of the incident.
Sortie Report

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