S/Sgt Richard D. Proudfit attended college for two years and was a draftsman.
He joined the Air Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve in Memphis, Tennessee on 29 September 1942.
He was the bombardier on a B-17 "Wee Willie," slated to bomb the marshalling yard at Stendahl, Germany.
Statement from S/Sgt George Little, crew member of another B-17 in the same group:
"We were flying over the target at 20,500 feet altitude when I observed aircraft B-17G, 42-31333 "Wee Willie" to receive a direct flak hit approximately between the bomb-bay and the No. 2 engine. The aircraft immediately started into a vertical dive. The aircraft fuselage was on fire and when it had dropped approximately 5,000 feet the left wing fell off. It continued down when the fuselage was about 3,000 feet from the ground it exploded, and then exploded again when it hit the ground. I saw no crew members leave the aircraft or parachutes open."
All nine crew members were killed.
Entered the service from Tennessee.