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321stBG,446thBS, Lt Sam Rigling, Jr. B-25 Pilot/MTO

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Sam's Life;

The Messenger Inquirer
Owensboro, KY
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Sam Rigling

SHREVEPORT, La. — Sam Rigling, 92, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Shreveport. He was born May 27, 1921, in Jones Creek, Md. Sam was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Katherine Means Rigling. Sam was a World War II veteran having served as a bomber pilot in Italy and North Africa. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1950. After a long career in advertising, Sam retired as advertising manager from SWEPCO in 1983.

He was a self-taught artist, well known in the Shreveport area, with paintings in galleries in Santa Fe, N.M., North Carolina and New Orleans. Sam also was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. Sam was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Brad Rigling of Owensboro; daughters Ann Rigling of Benson, Ariz., and Nancy Hyde of San Marcos, Texas; and six grandchildren. Sam also is survived by his longtime loving companion, Edith Sloane, and her daughter, Debra Phillips, of Marshall, Texas.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Sam Rigling will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel.

We smile for you as God has many paintings left for you to do. So go in peace, love and truth and know that you will always be missed.
 

 

Sam had a One-of-a-kind ART too. . .

http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/beer-in-art-114-sam-riglings-crying-in-his-beer/  

Beer In Art #114: Sam Rigling’s Crying In His Beer;

There’s not much information about Rigling, or the painting.

The Fine Frame Gallery has the following:

Sam's ART; http://www.fineframegallery.com/Artists/Rigling/rigling.html

Many of Rigling’s paintings exhibit an undercurrent of humor depicting small fragments of the “human comedy.” Scenes in his paintings often depict bar scenes, conversation or parties. He has participated in many one-man and group shows, winning many honors and fans. Galleries throughout North America have represented Sam. Fine Frame Gallery has been selling his work for over 15 years and is pleased to represent such a fine artist. His paintings are in collections in Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Europe.

 

Lt Sam Rigling, 321st BG, 446th BS, B-25/MTO

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Sam, the B-25 Combat Pilot;

 

 

  Sam was a B-25 Mitchell Combat Pilot in the Mediterranean Theatre with the 321st Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Squadron from June, 1943 to Feb. 1944.  He wore the EAME Theatre Ribbon (Rome-Arno and Naples-Foggia), the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaves, and the 321st Group earned a Distinguished Unit Citation.

  The 321st Bomb Group was an award winner. famous for the "Gen Bob Knapp's Flight-over the Atlantic, 58th ships in a single mass without loss/ the Southern Route.  Sam was in one of the very 1st replacement Crews....  I named some of the B-25's that he flew, (below) as well as his 1st Mission and his last, and his reassignment to the ZI from Combat.    I have had an extremely busy day, followed by one just like it yesterday..... I will be back with more details for you :)     My sympathy for your loss, please also tell the family and sometime, I will hope that there will be other pictures and documents ...  not only a wonderful help for HIS unit History, like how you found the "Maybe". . . Others did too and I will place ALL of the men in his Crew picture :)  :) 

Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 1Lt, pilot (R.R. #10 Box 2206, Sparrows Pt, Baltimore MD)(NARA - 13070783 RIGLING#SAMUEL#JR# UC UC BALTIMORE MD 42)     4 July,1943 14-Feb-44
 
His FIRST Mission Sunday, 4 July 1943 A/C  No. 42-64526
        Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 2Lt He flew Combat in these ships;  Flamingo, Pink Lady, Lady Betty, #42-64526, #42-53377 “Flag Ship”,   #42-64526 “Patches” (landed at MALTA – A/C remained for repairs),   41-12963 “Missouri Waltz” (In the photo).   Monday, 14 February 1944

446th BS War Diary:  Successful mission and mail call.  Lts. Boulton, Brown, Hinderer, Rigling, Riordan, and Topham, and Sgts. Leahyand R. W. Smith get their travel orders.

Boulton, Richard E., Lt, pilot                                      Brown, Aud W., 1Lt, pilot

Hinderer, Robert H., Lt, pilot                                      Leahy, Richard P., Sgt, gunner

Rigling, Samuel, Jr., Lt, pilot                                      Riordan, Roland C., Lt, pilot

Smith, Roy W., Sgt, gunner                                         Topham, Arthur H., Lt, pilot

 

    PRINCESSBARBI Barbara Ennis Connolly  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher,319th & 321st BG Historian, http://57thbombwing.com The 321st Bomb Group History Team, John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly.

 

 

446th Bomb Squad, Pilot Sam Rigling /MISSIONS

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COMBAT MISSIONS;

Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 1Lt, pilot, 446th BS

 

1st mission 4 Jul 43:

  A/C No.   42-64526 P

Brown, Aud W., 2Lt

CP

Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 2Lt

N None B Pyle, Joseph W., S/Sgt

E

Smith, James A., S/Sgt

R

Higgins, Thomas T., Sgt G McNeil, Gabriel J., Sgt F None

 

1st mission as First Pilot 12 Nov 43:

  A/C No.   41-30551 “Pink Lady” P

Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 2Lt

CP

Holt, Robert L., 2Lt

N None B Milner, Walter C., Sgt

E

Motika, John F., Sgt

R

Leahy, Richard P. “Dick”, T/Sgt G Lovell, Curtis L., S/Sgt F None

 

I’d say this was his “Usual” plane and crew, as 9 out of 14 missions as 1st pilot were flown with this plane and crew

  A/C No.   41-30551 “Pink Lady” P

Rigling, Samuel (NMI), Jr., 2Lt

CP

Holt, Robert L., 2Lt

N None B Milner, Walter C., Sgt

E

Rockafellow, Alfred A., S/Sgt

R

Leahy, Richard P. “Dick”, T/Sgt G Lovell, Curtis L., S/Sgt F None

 

31 Jan 44 - 446th BS War Diary:  No Missions.  Bad weather—no mission.  Ten second lieutenants got that silver bar:  Boulton, Brown, Cooper, Davison, Fetterly, Hinderer, Rigling, Riordan, Robertson, and Topham.  Pay call at 3:30 plus a mail call later really made the day complete.

Boulton, Richard E., 1Lt, pilot                                    Brown, Aud W., 1Lt, pilot

Cooper, Lester L., 1Lt, bombardier                            Davison, William R., 1Lt, pilot

Fetterly, Orville D., 1Lt, pilot                                     Hinderer, Robert H., 1Lt, pilot

Rigling, Samuel, Jr., 1Lt, pilot                                    Riordan, Roland C., 1Lt, pilot

Robertson, Charles W., 1Lt, bombardier                    Topham, Arthur H., 2Lt, pilot

 

14 Feb 44 - 446th BS War Diary:  Successful mission and mail call.  Lts. Boulton, Brown, Hinderer, Rigling, Riordan, and Topham, and Sgts. Leahyand R. W. Smith get their travel orders.

Boulton, Richard E., Lt, pilot                                      Brown, Aud W., 1Lt, pilot

Hinderer, Robert H., Lt, pilot                                      Leahy, Richard P., Sgt, gunner

Rigling, Samuel, Jr., Lt, pilot                                      Riordan, Roland C., Lt, pilot

Smith, Roy W., Sgt, gunner                                         Topham, Arthur H., Lt, pilot

 

I can account for 59 missions, including spares, early returns, etc.

Jul 43                15

Aug                    4

Sep                  14

Oct                   11

Nov                     4

Dec                    9

Jan 44                 2

Total     59

 

 

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