Press Release | Aug. 25, 2021

Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Horrigan, R.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Richard W. Horrigan, 24, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 19, 2021.

In April 1945, Horrigan was a pilot with the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, serving in Germany. He was a part of an armed reconnaissance mission to the Alt Lönnewitz Airfield on April 19, piloting a P-47D Thunderbolt fighter. He crashed while strafing enemy planes parked at the airfield, likely due to anti-aircraft fire. Horrigan’s wingman witnessed the crash, but because the airfield was behind enemy lines, Horrigan could not be recovered. Once sufficient evidence became available that he had not survived, a Report of Death for Horrigan was issued in November 1945.

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Horrigan’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xk05EAC.