New England Air Museum
Richard H Carmichael

 

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Hometown:

Hillsboro, TX

Date Entered Service:

West Point - 1936; Pilot's Wings - 1937

Service Number:

O-020203

Bomb Group:

462nd Squadron Commander

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Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster, British Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Unit Citations with four oak leaf clusters, Asiatic Pacific Theater with bronze stars, American Defense Medal with star, American Theater, World War II Victory Medal Occupation Medal Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Republic of Korea Unit Citation

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Military Specialty(ies):

Pilot

Rank Upon Discharge:

Major General

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Shot down in B-29 serial 42-24474

Were you a POW?

Yes, liberated August 29th 1945.

If so, where?

Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) Tokyo Bay Area 35-140

Were you interned?

No

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Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

He flew another 39 combat missions during the Korean War as commander of the 98th Bomb Group before returning to command in the United States.

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Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Led the squadron of B-17's into Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7th 1941 during the Japanese attack on the island of Oahu. For his expert flying and bringing in his squadron safely during this attack he was personally awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by MacArthur. He earned his DSC as commander of the 19th Bomb Group in a combat mission against the Japanese in which his plane was severely damaged and crewman killed. During a daylight raid on Yawata, Japan on August 20th 1944 his B-29 was shot down and he remained a POW for the remainder of the war.

Comments:

General Carmichael passed away April 14, 1983. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

 


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