Angert, Richard K., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 564th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home Town
Marietta, OH
Last Address
Hethel Air Station 114, England

Casualty Date
Mar 07, 1945
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Air Loss, Crash - Land
United Kingdom
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A Row 4 Grave 26

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389th Bombardment Group, Heavy564th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 389th Bombardment Group, Heavy
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B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
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Richard King Angert was born on December 2, 1919, in Marietta,Ohio and entered the military service on Jan 15, 1943. (One account states Oct 14, 1944, which can't be correct.) with 2 years of college.

He was trained as a Navigator and assigned to the 564th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group operating out of Hethel Air Station 114 in England.

On March 7, 1945, Lt. Angert was scheduled as Navigator on a mission to bomb oil and communication facilities as well as railway marshalling yards at Soest, Germany. The weather at take-off was very bad. Clouds and icing conditions prohibited anyone from accurately observing the take-off. However, three witnesses state they saw the aircraft as it descended through the clouds. It appeared to level off, a wing separated from the aircraft, and fire broke out. The fuselage impacted the ground near Old Cotessey, England, in Norfolk, and exploded. There were no survivors.

Lt. Angert's body was recovered and is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.

Note that Lt. Angert's military career lasted only slightly more than 5 months.


The aircraft involved was B-24 J #42-51343, named "Shazam," assigned to 564th Bomb Squadron.

According to loading lists and USAAF Accident Reports, the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Dale E. Williams     p
 1 Lt George E. Benko    c-p
 2 Lt Richard K. Angert    nav
 TSgt Hubert D. Pfeiffer    eng
 TSgt Marion J. Kaczmarek      r/o
 SSgt George W. Eckleberger    gunner
 SSgt John A. Luther     gunner
 SSgt James V. Hill     gunner
 SSgt Alan E. Whitehurst    gunner
 SSgt Dwayne H. Huebner   V ? (See below)

In various loading lists, Huebner is referred to as Cpl, Sgt, and SSgt.

In the Accident Report which is the only document with crew positions indicated, Huebner is noted as V. Because there were only 3 officers on board versus the standard 4, is it possible Huebner was an enlisted toggleier or bomb aimer, since no bombardier is listed?

UPDATE:  Mar 6, 2017. "V" was the symbol for "Voice Intercept", a German-speaking airman who listened to Nazi intercept controllers and informed the squadron what attacks were coming.

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