Capt. Stanley P. Richardson Jr.


(Stan Richardson)

Capt. Stanley P. Richardson Jr.

338th FS - 07 December 1943 - 16 August 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CL-X 42-67057 "Miss Mona" (Roger Freeman)
P-38J CL-X 42-67305 "Miss Mona"
P-51D  CL-X 44-13743 (Later flown by Lt. Mercurio and named "Skippy")
"
My aircraft was always CL-X except for an early mission or two when I flew CL-A (with a bar under the A). It was a new "H" model.  The squadron had more airplanes than letters in the alphabet so some had a bar beneath the letter."
(Stanley P. Richardson Jr.)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target

37

29 January 1944 Frankfurt (Returned early with 'Landing Gear Failure')

43

06 February 1944 Dijon (Returned early at 1045 with 'Unstoppable Gas Syphon')

49

21 February 1944 Werl (Returned early with 'Radio Out' - 1 Sortie credit)

51

24 February 1944 Gotha

71

11 April 1944 Sorau-Cottbus (Returned early as 'Right Engine Rough' - No Sortie credited)

81

25 April 1944 Laon Athies (Returned early as 'Left Prop Malfunctioning' - No Sortie credited)

101

25 May 1944 Liege (Returned early as right engine rough.  Flight time 2hrs 15 mins)

147

11 June 1944 Targets in France (Red 3)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 11 June 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Beauvais
Notes Born 20th March 1923, in Trenton, NJ
Home of Record - Detroit, MI
ASN - O-746177

Ground Crew: 
Crew Chief was Vincent W. Spencer, Assistant Crew Chief was William H. Dodd, Armorer was John J. Forde, and later Wilbur A. Mills.
"The 338th squadron call sign was Warcraft while at Nuthampstead. I was Warcraft 60."

(Stanley P. Richardson Jr.)
07 December 1943 - Assigned to the 338th Fighter Squadron
23 February 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
14 March 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
21 March 1944 -
Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
26 March 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
15 April 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
24 June 1944 - Appointed Flight Commander of "B" Flight
06 August 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
16 August 1944 - Transferred to 496th Fighter Training Group
Awards
Memories "Yeah...one confirmed at Beauvais. Actually I pranged two 109s on that mission, but only one confirmed.(Stanley P. Richardson Jr.)

"During WW II, as different from now, it was easy to 'bum' a ride in any aircraft you wished to fly. After completing my tour I was assigned to a training squadron at Atcham, near Shrewsbury, to train incoming fighter pilots in the combat tactics used by the Germans. There was one squadron of Spits, one of P-47 Thunderbolts, and one of '38s. Over a few mild and bitters at the club, the fighter instructors would agree to exchange rides  in each others airplanes.  I was never combat-ready in either the Spit or the Jug, but had many hours of fun flying those birds. One of the Spits I flew had served in the Battle of Britain and I really enjoyed flying the Mk VB. That all came to an end when one of the RAF guys overshot a landing in a Lightning, went off the end of the runway, flipped over, and burned. The base commander put an end to our fun." (Stanley P. Richardson Jr. Nov 2004)

"I remember the tarmac was slippery as hell.  We raced the big Cletrac trucks, used to move airplanes, down the taxiways. The Cletrac's had wide "tank type" rubber treads and two upright controls were used to slow one of the treads when a turn was needed. Pull back on both and the Cletrac came to stop. During one of our "drag races," Bob Fruh started a sideways slide on the slippery tarmac, and the Cletrac slid off the taxiway sideways, and into the mud alongside. Of course, the Cletrac rolled over onto its side. Bob wasn't hurt 'cause he bailed off OK. His wallet suffered some damage though because the squadron CO fined him for the damage to the Cletrac. The fine constituted of many scotch and sodas I fear.  It didn't take much to entertain us young, wild, fighter pilots." (Stanley P. Richardson Jr. Jan 2005)

Stanley P. Richardson Jr.'s Obituary, May 2014
Mar. 20, 1923 May 27, 2014 Stanley Purcell Richardson Jr., U.S.A.F. (ret.) died quietly at his Beaverton home, having decided it was time and surrounded by loving family and friends. Born March 20, 1923, in Trenton, N.J., he was one of the youngest fighter pilots in the European Theater of WWII, where he flew P-38s and P-51s and then F-86s in Korea. Richardson was a pilot's pilot who logged more than 30,000 flying hours in two dozen different aircraft types, including airliners and corporate aircraft, before retiring as chief pilot for General Telephone. He had several friends in the astronaut corps and was himself accepted into the space program but his then-commanding officer wouldn't release him for training. He was a lifelong motorcyclist who rode well into his '70s, often making cross-country trips to see space shuttle launches with his beloved second wife, June, who died in 2008. Richardson lived a uniquely American life and stayed in touch with his old comrades and a wide network of new friends and admirers, many of whom rightly regarded him as a hero, though he was an unassuming man who downplayed his considerable accomplishments. He was active in veteran's groups and was a long-time supporter and docent at the Evergreen Air Museum and Richardson was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; and second wife, June. He is survived by his children, Steve Richardson of Everett, Wash., Scott Richardson of Kailua, Hawaii, Shawne Garliepp of Kailua and Shavonn Rinne of Beaverton; companion, Dorothy Zimmerman; grandchildren, Melissa Bowers, Jessica Dickson, Jacob Richardson, Christopher Richardson and Amber King; great-grandchildren, Seven and Atlas Dickson and Decklyn King; and friends and admirers around the country. There will be a service at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the chapel on the Portland Air National Guard Station, 6801 N. Cornfoot Road, 70 years to the day that Stan flew his P-38, "Miss Mona," over the invasion beaches at Normandy.

   

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