Sherman, Richard Allen, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 835th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Tim Fink to remember Sherman, Richard Allen, SSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
RAF Sudbury

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Willard, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
486th Bombardment Group, Heavy835th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 486th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 835th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SSgt. Richard Sherman flew board a B-17G, nickname: "Snow White", (Tail #43-38136), that was on a Strategic Bombing Mission enroute to target: Cologne, Germany,  when aircraft was hit by AAA on 15 Oct 1944, at 0927 hours.  Aircraft flew out of RAF Sudbury, Suffolk, England.  

Assigned to the 8th AF, 486th Group, 835th Squadron. He had enlisted on 28 August 1943 in Toledo, Ohio.

Seven of the Crew were killed: 
2ndLt George List (Pilot) 
1st Lt John Wise (Navigator) 
2nd Lt James Ellison (Bombardier) 
SSgt Rueben Bratmoe (Engineer) 
SSgt Robert Stanley (Radio Opr) 
SSgt James Goonan (Waist Gunner) 
SSgt Richard Sherman (Ball Turret Gunner)  

Two of the Crew were captured by the Germans:
2nd Lt Norman Dahlstrom (Co-Pilot)
SSgt Owen Crawford (Tailgunner)

This information was obtained from Missing Aircrew Report #9491 from the National Archives.

SSgt Sherman was 19 years old when he was killed.  According to the report, the aircraft was hit and the crew were given the order to abandon ship.  SSgt Sherman reportedly escaped the ball turret and was in the waist of the aircraft putting on his chute when the aircraft broke in half.  SSgts Goonan and Sherman reportedly were thrown into the forward half of the aircraft and never escaped.  The plane reportedly crashed 2 km west of Wiehl and 10 km south of Gummersbach, Germany.  SSgt Sherman had 19 missions with the B-17.

SSgt Sherman was my great uncle.  He served our great nation and paid the ultimate price like many before and after him.  God bless those who have fought and died for the freest nation in the history of our planet.

He left a young wife  at this passing, and was interred in the Willard City Cemetery.
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