Ernest F. Lovell

U.S.S. Chester

Robert J. Lovell

DORN, RICHARD FURMAN, Staff Sergeant, # 34906193, USAAF


Richard F. Dorn was born 12 September 1921 in Ninty Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina, to John Furman Dorn (1883-1964) and Leila Dell (Padgett) Dorn (1890-1989). Siblings included Ora M. Dorn, R.N. (1917-    ), Sarah Josephine (Dorn) Lochra (1919-2010), Eva Missouri (Dorn) Farrington (1920-2007), James Elmer Dorn (1923-2012), Gerald W. Dorn (1931-    ), and Jennifer Dorn (1935-    ). In 1940 the family lived on Ninety Six, Rte 1, Saluda, South Carolina. At the time, his father was a farmer.


He enlisted 20 August 1941 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. He was trained in the radio maintenance and operation systems of the B-25 and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 7 September 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4277, assigned to 14th Air Force, 69th Composite Wing, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kweilin, China, on a combat mission to Kiyang, China. The last contact was by radio. It was reported a battle casualty as it was shot down by enemy Zero fighters. He is buried in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens cemetery, Hodges, South Carolina.