|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1943, Romania|
Son of Isidore Krug and Herma.
Killed in action in Operation Tidal Wave - the bombing of the Ploesti, Romania oil fields.
"Suburbanite Economist" Newspaper (Chicago, Illinois) 19 Sep 1943, Page 2;
'Citation Awaits Flier Missing in Rumanian Raid - Mother Receives Letter From General Praising Son.
Mrs. Herma Krug, 7359 Aberdeen st., whose son. Lt. Richard M. Krug, has been missing in action since an army air force bombing raid in August on the Rumanian oil refineries, recently received a letter from his commanding officer, Brig.-Gen. U. G. Ent, telling her of an award for him and of "his gallantry, devotion to duty and steadfastness of purpose in accomplishing the most difficult mission ever assigned to our air force."
"Great Hero of This War."
"I have made the recommendation of an award for Lt. Krug's deeds which has been approved by General Brereton. You will hear more of this at a future date."
"Lieutenant Krug is one of the great heroes of this war, his name has been indelibly written in our country's history," the brigadier-general added.
Lieutenant Krug has been listed as missing in action since the Liberator bomber on which he was navigator failed to return from a raid over the Rumanian oil fields. Prior to this time he had been stationed for three months in Egypt.
Leader at Calumet.
An honor student at Calumet high school, the lieutenant enlisted in the national guard three months before his graduation in June, 1940, and joined the air corps the next month. He was president of the All-Calumet Civic league student governing body while in his senior year at Calumet.'
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Record (www.ancestry.com): Name: Richard M Krug; Birth Year: 1922; Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State or Country: Illinois; State of Residence: Illinois; County or City: Cook; Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1940; Enlistment State: Illinois; Enlistment City: Chanute Filed; Branch: Air Corps; Branch Code: Air Corps; Grade: Private; Grade Code: Private; Term of Enlistment: Three year enlistment; Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life; Education: 4 years of high school; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 69; Weight: 145.
The Ploesti Roster (www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf): Name: Richard M. Krug; Second Lieutenant; Point of Enlistment or Home Town: Chicago, Illinois; Air Duty: Navigator; Pilot: Robert W. Horton; Unit: 389BG–389th Bomb. Group (Heavy), Sky Scorpions; Status: Killed in Action; Information Source: Correspondence with/about.
U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead (www.ancestry.com): Name: Richard M Krug; Gender: Male; Race: White; Religion: Protestant; Cemetery Name: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska; Disposition: Administrative Decision; Service Branch: Army; Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 736871.
MALCOLM CLAY DALTON S SGT
ELWOOD R EMERSON 2D LT
RONALD L HELDER 2D LT
RICHARD M KRUG 2D LT
JOSEPH E MIX T SGT
AUGUST 1 1943
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Plot: C, 0, 1281
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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