U.S. Air Force 1943–1947
Richard Dinning volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Force and became a B-17 pilot with the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He flew on 33 missions over Germany. Dinning took part in the Battle of the Bulge from the air, as part of a 2,000-bomber “morale mission.” He also conducted mercy missions to liberate French prisoners of war held in Austria. Dining was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.