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LTC Richard Morden McGlinn

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LTC Richard Morden McGlinn

Birth
Death 18 Mar 1965 (aged 57)
Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot 2C 0 3147
Memorial ID 73985514 View Source

Richard McGlinn was a Major during WWII as part of the 395th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 58th Bomb Wing, XX Bomber Command.

McGlinn piloted B-29 serial 42-93829 ("Cait Paomat"), which was Gaelic for St. Catherine.

On August 20th 1944, while attempting to return from a mission to Yawata, Japan, McGlinn and his B-29 crew were forced to bail out over Siberia. They bailed out in the dead of night, into a part of Siberia that was totally uninhabited. His crew was split into several groups, and survived by eating bugs, worms, frogs and whatever else they could find.

Eventually they were all "rescued", only to be kept by the Russians for an extended period of time with over 100+ other US airmen. This treatment was very hard on McGlinn, which makes me wonder if this contributed to his seemingly early death at the age of 58.

His complete story is on the 40th Bomb Group web site (www.40thbombgroup.org). Just search for "McGlinn".


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