Gillespie, R. T.

The Richard T. Gillespie crew: 708th Squadron

As Lead Crew: Pictured with 44-6462 Sandusky Jo (Rattlesden, undated)

Standing L-R:   
Cpl. Paul H. Jones  Radio Operator
Cpl. Raliegh M. Martin  Waist Gunner
Cpl. Blaize J. Napolitan  Tail Gunner
Cpl. Richard O. Lawrence  Engineer
Cpl. Francis B. Froah  Ball Turret Gunner
Kneeling L-R:  
Lt. Joseph Nidich Mickey Operator
Lt. Lee A. Small  Bombardier
Lt. Richard T. Gillespie Pilot
Lt. Robert J. Beiting Co-Pilot
F/O Milton A. Trodick Navigator

 

 


 

9/44 – 11/44 RTU, Drew Field, Florida
11/23/44 – 11/29/44 In Transit, by ship HMS Queen Elizabeth
Assigned SO308, 28 Dec 1944
12/44 – 5/45 708th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK
Missions flown: 19 +

 

Combat Missions

No. DATE TARGET AIRCRAFT
206 01/29/45 KASSEL 43-38950
207 02/01/45 WESSEL 43-38884 Li’l Skippy
214 02/19/45 WESEL 43-38903 Miss Lace
215 02/20/45 NURNBERG 43-38903 Miss Lace
216 02/22/45 AALEN 43-38903 Miss Lace
217 02/23/45 CRAILSHEIM 43-38903 Miss Lace
218 02/24/45 BREMEN 43-38903 Miss Lace
220 02/26/45 BERLIN 43-38903 Miss Lace
221 02/27/45 LEIPZIG 43-38903 Miss Lace
222 03/01/45 ULM 43-38903 Miss Lace

 

43-38903 “Miss Lace”

 

After Lead crew training
239 03/23/45 HOLZWICKEDE PFF No. 786
241 03/28/45 HANOVER PFF 44-8393 
243 03/31/45 BRANDENBURG PFF No. 747
246 04/05/45 NURNBERG PFF No. 783
247 04/07/45 SCHWERIN PFF No. 661
249 04/09/45 NEWBURG A/F PFF No. 747
250 04/10/45 BRANDENBURG PFF No. 747
255 04/17/45 DRESDEN PFF No. 747
258 04/21/45 INGLOSTADT PFF No. 769

 


 

Drew Field, Florida

Standing, L-R: 
Cpl. Richard O. Lawrence ENG
F/O Milton A. Trodick NAV
2nd Lt. Lee A. Small B
Cpl. Blaize J. Napolitan TG
Cpl. Francis B. Froah BTG
Kneeling, L-R: 
2nd Lt. Richard T. Gillespie P
2nd Lt. Robert J. Beiting CP
Cpl. Raliegh M. Martin WG
Cpl. Paul H. Jones ROG

 

Arriving at Rattlesden, December 1944

 

 

Raliegh Martin; Waist Gunner

Paul H. Jones; Radio Operator

Francis B. Froah; Ball Turret Gunner

 

 

 

On leave in London

Martin and Napoliltan

 

Identified as Gillespie by filename only

 

 

 

 


Some photos/information provided by:
Mr. Martin Ardis
Mr. Francis Froah