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.