SERGEANT RICHARD QUIGLEY was born in New Jersey in 1921 to Joseph A. Quigley and his wife the former Amelia Hodgson. By April of 1930 the couple had separated, and Richard Quigley and his mother were living with her mother and step-father, Amelia and Albert Johnson, at 1506 Chesapeake Road in Ccamden's Fairview section. They lived in Philadelphia in themif-1930s. The 1940 Census shows Richard Quigley and his mother living at 167 Cornell Road in Audubon, New Jersey, with his mother, grandmother, aunt Alberta Johnson and uncles Carl and James Johnson. Richard Quigley was a high school graduate, but apprently not from Audubon High School.
Richard Quigley was still living at 167 Cornell Road in Audubon, New Jersey when he was inducted into the United States Army at Camden, New Jersey on July 8, 1942. His enlistment records state that his occupation was "Unskilled occupations in electroplating, galvanizing, and related processes". He qualified for flight duty and was assigned to a B-24 bomber crew with the 704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomber Group, Heavy which operated out of the Bungay airfield in Suffolk, England. Sergeant Quigley flew as the ball turret gunner.
Sergeant Richard J. Quigley was killed in action on December 12, 1944, while returning from a raid on the railroad marshalling yards at Hanau, Germany. Sergeant Quigley's plane, a B24-J nicknamed "Wedding Belle" (42-95178) crashed into the North Sea at about 15:04 GMT, shortly after taking off. Sergeant Quigley and four other crewmembers were dead on impact. Three of the crew, including co-pilot Second Lieutenant Robert S. Skinner, were not killed instantly by the impact. They were picked up by air/sea rescue but died before being brought ashore.
Richard Quigley was survived by his parents. Joseph A Quigley died in 1953. Amelia Quigley died on June 6, 1992 in Mt. Holly, New Jersey and was buried at New Camden Cemetery with her mother.
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