Capt. Richard S. Simpson


(B. Littlefield)

Capt. Richard S. Simpson

38th FS - 06 December 1943 - 27 July 1944

Assigned Aircraft

Known to have flown P-38J 42-67494

Mission History

Flew 73 combat missions

Mission List

Currently not known

Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Born on 07th September 1917, near Corning, Iowa.
Known as 'Dick'
Entered service from St. Helena, California
ASN - O-749085
1936 - Enlisted in the Coast Artillery and served at Hickam, Hawaii for three years.
1942 - Applied for Aviation Cadet Training
1943 - Graduated from Williams Field with class 43F
18 September 1943 - Finished transitional training to P-38's at Muroc, California
06 December 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
February 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
April 1944 - Awarded the 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
22 April 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
May 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
May 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
29 May 1944 - Appointed Flight Leader
30 June 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
27 July 1944 - Transferred to the 496th Fighter Training Group

Passed away on 20th June 1995, in St. Helena, California.

Awards
Memories  
Photograph
(F. Birtciel)
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On 26 December 1943, Richard Simpson's P-38J 42-67494 took off, but developed a fuel leak, which poured fuel into the supercharger and caused an engine fire.  The P-38 landed off the runway and Simpson was unhurt.

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