He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force in August 1943. Instead of pilot training, he was trained in the skill of using the new Norton targeting scope and was the bombardier on 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed.

TEEPLE, RICHARD J., Technical Sergeant, # 35334754, USAAF

 

Richard J. Teeple was born in 1921 in Indiana to David H. Teeple (1898-1965) and Bernetta Ann Teeple (1900-1974). Siblings included Catherine L. Teeple (1924-    ), Marilyn G. Teeple (1923-    ), Joyce Ann Teeple (1936-2004), and Donald P. Teeple (1939-    ). His father was a freight agent for a truck company.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 August 1942 in Toledo, Ohio. Trained in B-24 aircraft mechancs and maintenance, he was sent overseas to 14th Air Force as a B-24 engineer. On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. The family placed a memorial marker in the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Decatur, Adams County, Indiana.