P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "R"
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A.H. Rainbow Student prior to the war and always keenly interested in flying, securing private license at age eighteen
Jack Raphael Shortly after the invasion he was assigned to liaison work with the French, since he spoke fluent French. Raphael was ultimately severely wounded in the "Bulge" area and flown to the ZI
John Rauth Shot down on 33rd mission, 23 July, ‘43 off coast of Sicily, picked up and taken prisoner by Italians, who later surrendered to F.0. Rauth. (35, in fact, Made all papers as Sgt. York of Air Corps). Returned to finish 46 missions in P-40.
Merwin F. Read Although officially a buck Private, he "ran" a Detachment of 300 men. Finally, after considerable bugging about his "lost" records, he made it to SAACC in San Antonio, as Aviation Cadet, Class 44-B. He graduated from Single Engine Advanced Flying School at Foster Field, Texas on schedule but got stuck there as an Instructor in AT.6's. He occasionally flew P-40's and finally talked Lt. Col. Taute, Operations and Training Officer, into letting him fly their one P-47C.
W. H. Readshaw I attended flight training in the Southeast Training Command, graduated in the class of 43J, from Napier Field, Dothan, Alabama, and assigned as a fighter pilot whereas my first flight in the P-47 was at Richmond, Va., where I completed my transition in the P-47 , assigned to gunnery school at Millville, N.J., and left for overseas duty in February, 1944, and assigned to the 48th Fighter Group, 494th Fighter Squadron, 9th Air Force. I flew 83 missions, mostly dive bombing missions resulting the DFC and Air Medal with 14 clusters.
Roger Receveau On 3rd October 1944, I was shot down by the FLACK, during the attack of an armoured column in Germany, and crashed near Freiburg. Passing under a high voltage wire, I swept several trees before I stopped at the foot of a centenarian oak. Wounded by shell splinters, I was lynched (left arm twisted, ribs broken a.s.o....) I stayed in jail for a month before rejoining the Luft Stalag 1 in Barth near the Baltic.
John P. Reeder He performed early exploration of transonic phenomena and their effects on aircraft characteristics, and he was a pioneer in the exploration of the effects of sweep-back on the low speed characteristics of aircraft, He is best known, probably, for his pioneering in rotary wing and V/STOL aircraft aerodynamics, performance and handling characteristics.
Ralph R. Regnier Most memorable were: (1)flak removing the upper portion of the rudder and stabilizer and most of the supercharger area, (2) groundlooping on A-13's wet steel mat with armed live 500 pounders, (3) a belly-in, (4) first drop of napalm, (5) vengeance destruction of flak towers which had just downed our recce P-51, (6) leading the strafing of the Gutersloh Airport, (7) forecasting that future war would involve jets, after turning inside ME-163, and 262's.

Least forgetful: (1) burying GI's near Rennes, (2) viewing the remains around a previous days strafing, (3) weather during the Ardennes, (4) destroying an FW-190. Left active service Mar. 1946

Edward A. Reilly He then went overseas to join the 365th Fighter Group, 387th Squadron at Fritzlar, Germany. During a landing, his plane was overrun by another fighter that had tacked on to his flight. The other plane's prop chewed up the fuselage to the canopy - tearing it loose and then veering off over the right wing surface. Ed sustained a serious head injury and was in a field hospital in Kassel for 6 weeks. He then returned to his group and subsequently spent 1 year in the occupation force.
George E. A. Reinburg .........born in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 12, 1917. But he was actually born into the military, with a father who was an aviation pioneer, a step-father who was Air Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and his grandfather was an Army Chaplain. George has a younger brother who was a Marine Aviator. Following his destiny, George graduated an Aviation Cadet from Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona in the class of 42J and commissioned Nov. 1942 as a 2nd Lt. U.S. Army Air Corp.
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