MCCARTHY, RICHARD ANTHONY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-741208, USAAF
Richard A. McCarthy was born on 27 October 1915 in New York, New York, to John Joseph McCarthy (1884- ) (County Cork, Ireland – naturalized 1914) and Anna May (White) McCarthy (1890-1965) (Ireland – naturalized 1942 (married 6 January 1915, Manhattan, NY). Siblings were Margaret Mary (McCarthy) Ryan (1917-1988), Edward Francis McCarthy (1920-2007), John J. McCarthy Jr. (1923-1988), Patricia Ann (McCarthy) Aldrich (1925-1996), Timothy McCarthy (1929-
His father, born 3 March 1884, was a Sexton in 1918.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the N.Y. & Queens Electric Light & Power Co., resided at 6th & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Dade Co., FL (his mother resided at 157-12 7th Ave., Beechhurst, NY), and described himself as 5’10”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 9 April 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator & bombardier instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30363, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Namyung, China, on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy. Witnesses who saw the crash: 2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe, 0-322923, 2ndLt Jack H. Potter, 0-794447, 1stLt Arvis R. Kirkland, 0-789097, and SSgt William W. Johnson, 12073511.