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Aguirre, Richard U.

Rank and Name,  Second Lieutenant Richard U. Aguirre.

Unit/placed in, 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group (Heavy).


Richard was born  on March 19, 1919 in Burton, Adams County, Illinois.


Father, Domingo Aguirre.

Mother, Juanita Aguirre.

Both parents born in Spain.

Brothers, Domingo and Felip Aguirre.

Wife, Margaret A. (Dick) Aguirre.

Daugther, Ricki Aguirre.


Richard entered  the Service from Idaho with service-number # 0-733398.

Richard’s crewmembers and their position onboard the plane a B-17 were;


Maj. Paul I. Williams Pilot

2nd Lt. John S. Rippy Co Pilot

M/Sgt. Gordon R. Manuel Bombardier

2nd Lt. Richard U. Aguirre Navigator

S/Sgt. Robert B. Gillis Jr. Engineer

Sgt. Edward Driscoll Radio Operator

Sgt. Lawrence L. Rexroat Asst. Radio Operator/Waist Gunner

Sgt. Robert A. Curry Waist Gunner

Pfc. William R. Smith Ball Turret

Sgt. Joseph F. Murray Tail Gunner

1st Lt. Robert F. Heller Passenger


Only M/Sgt. Gordon R. Manuel survived, The rest of the Crew members  died during the Crash or were shot as POW (3).


Richard was Executed as Prisoner at Rabaul, New Guinea, on Nov. 23, 1943. he is honored with a Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-POW Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


Richard is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.


Thanks to ABMC, https://abmc.gov  http://navylog.navymemorial.org ,  Jean Louis Vijgen , Familysearch.com  https://www.familysearch.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Honorstates http://www.honorstates.org,  Geoffrey Roecker https://missingmarines.com/ P.O.W. : http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider, Armand Hendriks https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/


Cabanatuan Memorial
POW Medal
64th Bomber Squadron
Richard and Margaret
His Rank Second Lieutenant