Richard Randolph Douglass was born at Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Richard Randolph Douglass Sr. and Sarah Hathaway.

Sergeant Richard R. Douglass Jr. was assigned to the 828th Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy, as a Tail Gunner flying in a B-24G with serial number 42-78118, out of Venosa, Italy on a bombing mission to Munich, Germany

Their plane, the “Patty Ann”, was shot down on the 13th of June 1944 over Munich. Douglass was the only one killed; the rest of the crew were captured and placed in POW camps.

Sergeant Douglass is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Epinal American Cemetery, France.

Crew of the “Patty Ann”:
Pilot, 2nd Lt Donald L. Amenson
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt John L. Entwistle (Replacement for this trip)
Navigator, 2nd Lt John H. Olson
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Joseph H. Scognamiglio
Tail Gunner, Sgt Richard R. Douglass
Top Turret Gunner, Sgt Russell E. Genaze
Nose Gunner, Sgt Jasper W. Wilkinson
Gunner, Sgt Francisco D. Sanchez
Radio Operator-Gunner, Sgt Herbert G. Meyer
Engineer-Gunner, George E. Word

The Commercial Appeal, 17 July 1944
Sergt. Richard R. Douglass, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Douglass of 3001 Spottswood, reported missing in action over Germany June 25, is now reported killed in action. Sergeant Douglass, a gunner on a Liberator, was graduated from Messick High School and attended Memphis State College two years. Before entering the Army in February, 1943, he was employed at Fisher Memphis Aircraft Division. Besides his parents, he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Wilson Dougan, whose husband is also in the Air Force, Miss Mona Douglass and Miss Margaret Douglass, all of Memphis.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 23 January 1922
  • Date of death: 13 June 1944
  • County: Grainger
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 828th Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal (Vosges), France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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