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Donald G Richardson
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1921
Larimer County
Colorado, USA
Death: May 20, 1944

308th BG, 373rd B Sq

B-24J #42-73317 'Puck' took off from Liuchow headed for the base at Yangkai, China on a Sea Sweep mission. The plane and its entire crew disappeared when attacked by possible anti-aircraft fire at sea. The crew members were~

1st Lt Donald G Richardson, Pilot, from CO
1st Lt Frank L Munson, CoPilot, from NY
1st Lt James P ‘Jim' Gilbert, Navigator, from NJ
1st Lt Linus J Austin, Bombardier, from KS
TSgt Cecil L Olson, Radio Operator, from ID
SSgt Arthur (NMI) Regal, Asst Radio Operator, from CA
TSgt Harold W ‘H W' Case, Engineer, from IL
Cpl Walter S Polchlopek, Gunner/Armorer, from MA
SSgt Clifford T Hamilton, Gunner/Armorer, from OH
Cpl Jordan L Daley, Asst Engineer, from OH
1st Lt Russell T Breckenridge, Sq S-2 Officer, from CA

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for 'B-24J #42-73317 ‘Puck'

Sgt Pasquale 'Patsy' Gerrone, who still survives at the time of this writing, was best friends with Gunner SSgt Clifford T Hamilton, and they were both a part of the B-24 'Puck' crew. Sgt Gerrone was not on the plane the day it disappeared because the flight surgeon had grounded him due to illness.

After returning from the war, Sgt Gerrone wrote to SSgt Hamilton's widow Elora out of concern for the loss of his best friend. Sgt Gerrone eventually married Elora and raised Hamilton's daughter and four sons of their own. 
Family links: 
  George Conrad Richardson (1896 - 1957)
  Ruth A Fine Richardson (1901 - 1981)
  Donald G Richardson (1921 - 1944)
  Shirley Ruth Richardson Sherman (1930 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Del Norte Cemetery
Del Norte
Rio Grande County
Colorado, USA
Plot: G2 3 sp 6
Created by: Polly Cox
Record added: Nov 19, 2011
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