P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "R"
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Edwin D. Reinhardt While glide bombing a tunnel, I received a direct hit in my right wing which knocked off the 1000 pounder, tore out three guns and knocked me into an inverted position in the Seine river banks. I completed the roll, jettisoned the left wing bomb and struggled to keep it flying and get some altitude. Dick Keywan spotted me trying to maintain flight (they thought I had had the course when they saw the flash from the hit) and Hal Miller and Col. Duncan silenced the 88s and 40 mm gun emplacements which were still firing at the "cripple."
Goulart P. Renato In October 7, arrived in Italy where first Brazilian Fighter was under Command of 350th Fighter Gp. His combat baptism happened November. He flew 93 missions through VE Day destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads, close support attacks on tanks and artillery. In the day before the end of the operations, at his last mission, he was downed by 20 mm ground fire, bailed out and landed near Ferrara.
Leo J. Reuther III Lee Reuther flew 142 combat missions, leading attacks on enemy troops, air fields, trains, tanks, artillery, ammunition depots, supply routes, bridges and railroads. In January of 1945, he was shot down by enemy ground fire, and crash landed in the Burma jungle behind enemy lines. An American L-5 pilot rescued him in the face of advancing Japanese troops.
John Reynolds He shot down 4 ea, all FW-190's. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters. His unit, the 373rd, was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the French Croix de Guerre and the Belgium Fourragere, in addition to numerous other citations. Released from active duty in October 1945, he resumed his career with Westinghouse. In 1948 he joined the 707th AAA Gun Battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard and on August 14, 1950 was recalled to active duty for 2 years during the Korean War.
Robert H. Rice ....assigned to the European Theatre of operations with the 358th Fighter Group, 366th Fighter Squadron in April 1944, and flew 99 escort and close support missions (mostly close support) through March 1945. He destroyed a few locomotives, RR cars, bridges, gun positions, vessels and barges, horse drawn vehicles, trucks, tanks and 4 enemy aircraft. He was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Air Medal with 17 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Robert V. Richards After Replacement Depot at Stone, he and three other shave tails started chasing the 373rd, beginning at Rothchild Estate in Paris, and on to Braunschweig before finding them at R-12 in Illesheim. Just in time to get some flying time in our Jug, riding time on the 40 and 8, and poker time on the USS West Point (SS America). The 373rd was stateside for their 30 day Recuperation, Recovery, and Rehabilitation Leave when VJ Day came along, and for Bob, instead of Sioux Falls, P-47N's, and the Pacific, it was 12 hours in the Jug at Goldsboro, N.C. and OUT!! So much for about 300 Jug hours. War ain't all hell!
Vernon B. Ritchey Participant in first college Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program obtaining private pilots license in 1939. Commenced military service as Aviation Cadet in Class 43K but accelerated and commissioned 2nd Lt. in Class 43J
Paul Rizzo Major Rizzo states, "the P47 was a solid, sturdy airplane, easy to fly and performed good. She gave a pilot a feeling of security. The P47 proved itself in World War II."

He taught Aviation Mechanics in New York City serving 30 years. He flew a Grumman Widgeon to remote lakes in the Canadian Bush. At times he and his fishing party were the first United States Americans some of the Canadian natives had seen.

W. H. "Robbie" Roberson His first assignment was in P-47's with the 327th Ftr. Gp. Richmond, Va. He was made an instructor after 19 hours 50 minutes in the "Jug" and served the next 16 months at RAAB and Dover, Del. He was re-assigned to the 324th Ftr. Gp. 314th Ftr. Sqdn. In France, Jan. 1945 where he joined former schoolmate "Doc" Morgan and childhood buddy John V. Jones, flying 50 missions prior to V.E. day.
James F. Roberts bomber version of the P51A.

Participated in N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy campaigns flying dive bombing, strafing, and close support attacks on tanks, docks, and supply lines as well as flying cover for Sicily and Italy invasions. Completed 59 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with six clusters. Commissioned in the field Sept., 1943.

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