Corp Richard Elmo Shoemaker, Sr

Corp Richard Elmo Shoemaker, Sr

Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 25 Feb 1945 (aged 27)
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing: Court 7
Memorial ID 56122276 · View Source
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Richard served as a Corporal & Right Waist Gunner on B-29 (#42-24803), 871st Bomber Squadron, 497th Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 15, 1943 at Fort Myer, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Married.

Richard was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-29, while on a bombing mission to Tokyo, collided with B-29 (42-63431) and crashed during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # 33751679

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


Airmen who perished on B-29 (#42-24803):

Barnes, Jack S ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Missouri
Dawson, Sam B ~ 1st Lt, Texas
Eber, Edward J ~ Corp, Pennsylvania
Kromer, Nicholas ~ Corp, New Jersey
Miller, Robert D ~ Corp, Texas
Mount, Eugene C ~ Corp, Indiana
Points, Clyde U ~ 2nd Lt, California
Schwieger, Raymond E ~ Pvt, Iowa
Sheriff, Roland ~ 2nd Lt, New York
Shoemaker, Richard E, Sr ~ Corp, Right Gunner, D.C.
Watson, James C ~ Capt, South Dakota
White, Robert P ~ Corp, Illinois

For Airmen who perished on B-29 (#42-63431) see below:

Keith, Austin R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Maine

( Crew Reports by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56122276
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Richard Elmo Shoemaker, Sr (27 Mar 1917–25 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56122276, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .