Agor, Richard H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1943, M 0611, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
350th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Shamokin Cemetery - Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen


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Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, M 0611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 0611, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Richard Hopkin Agor was born on April 18, 1922 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Marie Hoover Agor. Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family residing in Shamokin.

Agor enlisted in the Army Air Forces in Philadelphia on June 28, 1942. His NARA enlistment record states he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a photographer.

He was selected for flight duty, and received training as an aerial gunner. He was then promoted to Sergeant and assigned to an operational unit for crew training. He then deployed in 1943 with this crew to England. He flew 8 missions.

On October 8, 1943, he was selected, along with the crew, to bomb the facilities located at Bremen, Germany. Over the target, two bombs hung-up in the racks and failed to release. A flak shell hit the aircraft, that exploded, throwing two men into open air space.

The two made successful parachute landings, but were captured. Eight dead were recovered from the wreckage. These dead were buried in a local cemetery at Waller Friedlof, near Bremen. After the war, they were retrieved and moved to other cemeteries. SSgt Agor presently lies in the Shamokin Cemetery in Shamokin, Pennsylvania.


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US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records
Pennsylvania Veterans Compensation, WWII.
 

  

Comments/Citation
SSgt Richard H. Agor was acting as the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-30368, named "Phartzac,"assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 947 was issued , and pertains to this loss. Crew rosters show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Frank H. Meadows  p
2 Lt Lloyd W. Evans  c-p
2 Lt Frank B. Bush  nav
2 Lt William C. Hubbard  bomb
TSgt Harold R. Jackson  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert H. Wussow  r/o
SSgt Richard H. Agor  btg
SSgt James F. Ward  wg
Sgt  Dexter B. Pate  wg
SSgt Vincent D. Sapone  tail gun


Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Hubbard and SSgt Ward were the only survivors.

SSgt Wussow was a replacement for Tsgt Leo R. Cannon. Sgt Pate was an addition to the crew.
 

   
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