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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Birth:
03 Dec 1921 2
1932 3
Miles City, Custer County, Montana 1
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Person:
Richard D McEldery 3
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 3
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 3
Birth:
03 Dec 1921 2
1932 3
Miles City, Custer County, Montana 1
Residence:
Place: SanDiego County, California 3
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1

World War II 3

Branch:
Army 3
Enlistment Date:
14 Dec 1942 3
Army Branch:
Air Corps 3
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 3
Army Serial Number:
19151833 3
Enlistment Place:
San Diego California 3
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 3
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Occupation:
Skilled welders and flame cutters 3
Race or Ethnicity:
White 3
Source Information:
Box Number: 0315 3
Card Number: 3 3
Film Reel Number: 3.37 3

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Richard D. McEldery flew as a co-pilot and pilot in the MTO from August 1944 through April 16, 1945. He flew 70 missions in B-25J bombers based first at Ghisonaccia, Corsica, then later at Fano, Italy. He was in the 12th Air Force, 57th Bombardment Wing, 310th Bombardment Group, 428th Squadron. He was awarded the Air Medal with 9 OLCs, the DFC, and a Distinguished Unit Citation awarded to the 310th for the 1943 raid on the Benevanto Marshalling Yards. He should have been awarded a 2nd DUC for the 9 March 1945 attack on the bridges at Ora, Italy, for which he was awarded the DFC. The unit was not awarded the DUC until October 1945, by which time most of the men were back home and out of the service. McEldery was awarded four battle stars for his EAME ribbon for the Southern France, Rome-Arno, Apennines, Po Valley. His unit should also have been awarded the Air Combat star for missions to Yugoslavia.

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