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1st Lt. Richard C. Suehr
P-38 Lightning pilot
39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, USAAF

Background
Born May 4, 1917, in Crafton, PA to parents Harry C. Suehr and Ethlenna Roehrig Suehr.

Click For EnlargementWartime History
During World War II, he was assigned to the 39th Fighter Squadron and flew the P-38 Lightning. Nicknamed "Dick". Suehr flew his first tour of duty in New Guinea.

On June 9, 1942 claimed his first victory.

On June 16, 1942 piloting an Airacoba Suehr took off from 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) on a mission to intercept A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kokutai on a fighter sweep over Port Moresby.

Click For EnlargementOn January 6, 1943 claimed another victory. Two days later claimed two more, his score included three Zeros and a bomber and earned the Silver Star.

On April 12, 1943 Suehr took off from 14 Mile Drome piloting P-38F "Regina I" 42-12654 over Port Moresby to intercept Japanese fighters and bombers. On that mission, he claimed a G4M1 Betty bomber crashing onto Mount Chamberlain, near Goilala.

Suehr flew a second tour of duty in the Philippines, but did not score any additional victories.

During his World War II service, he was the recipient of numerous commendations and medals to include two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Postwar
Remained in USAF service and later flew during Vietnam. Suehr passed away at age 91 on April 21, 2009 at the North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home in Fayetteville. Laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. on July 9, 2009, with full military honors.

Relatives
Wife, Ruth Suehr. Sons: Son, Ralph T. Suehr, Richard "Rick" C. Suehr II of Raleigh; a sister, Nell Bull of Nescopeck, Pa.; and a grandson, Richard Charles Suehr III of Long Beach, CA.

References
World War II: Dick Suehr Flew to Defend Port Moresby by Jon Guttman Aviation History (September 2002)
Fay Observer Richard C. Suehr Obituary April 25, 2009
USAF Historical Research Agency - Aerial Victory Credits - Richard C. Suehr
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SUEHR RICHARD C 1st Lieutenant 39FTR 04-12-1943 Unknown Unknown WW2 Unknown 1
SUEHR RICHARD C 2nd Lieutenant 39FTR 06-09-1942 Unknown Unknown WW2 Unknown 1

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