2LT Richard A. May

2LT Richard A. May

Death 21 Jun 1943 (aged 23)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

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Memorial ID 121272360 · View Source
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May attended Burlington High School and the Darlington Preparatory School in Georgia before entering the University in 1938. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1942 and received his commission as a second lieutenant and his bombardier's wings on Dec. 12, 1942. May was listed as missing after a mission in the North American area on June 20, 1943. He later was declared to have died on that date.

Note: Bio provided by Tom Reece
Bombardier 2nd/Lt. Richard A. May Lost
Hometown: North Carolina
Squadron: 563rd 388th Bomb Group
Service# O-734484
Pilot 1st/Lt. Marvin F. Kamholz Lost

Target: Ferry mission
Mission Date: 21-Jun-43
Serial Number: #42-30229
Aircraft Model B-17
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
location: North Atlantic lost between Gander, Newfoundland and Prestwick Scotland
Cause: unknown crew of 10 Lost in the Line of Duty.

After picking up new planes in the mid-west the crew eventually made their way to Buffalo. The crew had named the plane the 'Shooting Star'. From Buffalo They flew to Newfoundland, delayed an extra day. (Suspected break-in at the air field.) Took off June 21st for Iceland. Instead of flying in a 3 plane formation they flew single file, take-offs about 3-10 minutes apart. Three planes, including this one never made it to Iceland.
A year later, there was a finding of death. The crew appear
tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial Manhattan
New York, USA. Supposedly, there was a 'thorough' investigation, Sabotage was suspected.

Lt. Kamholz Crew
1st/Lt. Marvin F. Kamholz Pilot
2nd/Lt. Otis E. Strobel Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. Leonard Fischler Navigator
2nd/Lt. Richard A. May Bombardier
2nd/Lt. Richard A. May Bombardier
T/Sgt. Earl L. Persyn Engineer
T/Sgt. Paul J. Orsulak Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Roland A. Metivier Gunner
S/Sgt. Robert B. Miller Gunner
S/Sgt. Robert S. Eggleton Gunner
S/Sgt. William Marko Gunner

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from: North Carolina

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 5 Dec 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 121272360
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Richard A. May (19 Jun 1920–21 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 121272360, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .