Sgt Richard C Inman


Sgt Richard C Inman

Nebraska, USA
Death 4 Aug 1942 (aged 22–23)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56788924 View Source
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Richard C Inman

Inducted From:

Combat Organization:
26th Bomber Squadron 11th Bomber Group
Death Date:
4 Aug 1942
Fort William Mckinley, Manila, The Philippines
Last Known Status:
U.S. Awards:
Purple Heart Medal
Silver Star Medal

-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9218

11th BG
26th BS
Pilot Lt. Rush E. McDonald, O-417028 (MIA / KIA) TN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John J. Heard, Jr., O-433843 (MIA / KIA) TX
Bombardier Cpl Joseph H. Wood, 6932097 (MIA / KIA) KS
Navigator 2nd Lt. Homer W. Vail, O-433013 (MIA / KIA) MN
Engineer Sgt William L. Hammack, 6983892 (MIA / KIA) IN
Asst Engineer Sgt Richard C. Inman, 6933768 (MIA / KIA) NB
Radio Cpl Leroy Payne, 6923702 (MIA / KIA) AL
Gunner SSgt James E. Briggs, 6151603 (MIA / KIA) MA
Gunner SSgt Daniel L. Cross, 6977309 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed August 4, 1942
MACR 16119

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 26th
Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off Espiritu Santo on a bombing mission against Tulagi. Over the target,
attacked by seven A6M2-N Rufe of the Yokohama Kôkûtai. B-17 gunners claimed one
shot down another damaged and on fire collided with this bomber over Sealark
Channel. Both aircraft crashed into the sea with no survivors. This B-17 was the
first aerial combat casualty of the Guadalcanal air campaign.

Officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized
on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Son of Chester and Edna Inman!

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Nebraska.

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  • Maintained by: Loren Bender
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56788924
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Richard C Inman (1919–4 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56788924, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Loren Bender (contributor 47060026) .