1/Lt. Richard J. Keough

(55th FGA)

1/Lt. Richard J. Keough

338th FS - 14 June 1944 -  12 August 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-14028

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
207 12 August 1944 Railroad Rodeo Metz, France
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Date of Birth: 02 November 1922
Entered service from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
ASN - O-760328
14 June 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
10 July 1944 - Sent on Detached Service to the 504th FS, 339th Fighter Group
27 July 1944 - Returned from Detached Service
04 August 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
12 August 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 07773
The mission was bombing and strafing near Longruyon, France.
1/Lt. David R. Hailer, Jr. reported: "I was leading Acorn Blue flight and Lt. Keough was flying Blue four.  we made a pass at some oil cars.  One of the cars blew up as he passed over it damaging his coolant system.  We immediately set course for home.  About fifteen minutes later his engine froze up and caught fire.  I told him to bail out, he answered OK, rolled his ship over and bailed out at 10,000 feet, chute opening immediately.  I followed him down taking pictures.  He landed on the edge of a forest.  This is the last that I saw of him."
German J 1939 reported Lt. Keough captured after being shot down "by a fighter"!  He was imprisoned in Stalag Luft VII A, Moosburg.  Those that had been downed during the same period had previously been imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, Sagan, after a trip through Oberursel and Dulag Luft, Wetzlar.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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