Mervyn Le Roy Richards

Mervyn Richards was born in about 1923 in Utica, New York to Annie and Louis Richards. He had an older sister, Mildred. The family lived in the New Jersey municipalities of Maywood, Bergenfield and Teaneck. Mervyn graduated from Bergenfield Junior High School and from Tenafly High School. The family moved to Teaneck in 1941.

Mervyn enlisted in the Air Corps in January of 1943 and was sent oversees in July of 1944. He received his Officer’s Commission when he graduated from his training in George Field Illinois in February of 1944. He served as Second Lieutenant in the 379th Bomb Group, 527th Bomb Squadron.

On 8/26/44 Lieutenant Richards was serving as copilot on a B-17 Bomber flying from England over the German occupied coast on route to Bremen, Germany when the #2 engine caught fire and broke apart causing the plane to crash. Lieutenant Richards was killed.

The parents of Lieutenant Richards received a letter from General Henry Arnold, Commander of the United States Air Force, which expressed sympathy and praised their son for the manner in which he carried out his duties, his superior academic record, his loyalty, determination and will to succeed.

This valiant Officer of the United States Air Force is memorialized on a monument in Cambridge England. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and Air Medal.

WWII Scrapbook

  1. April 10, 1945

Ancestry.com

  1. 1930 United States Federal Census
  2. 1940 United States Federal Census about Mervyn Richards
  3. WWI, WWII and Korean War Casualty Listings
  4. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

fold3.com (Historical Military Records)

  1. Missing Air Crew Report
  2. Crew Photo

American Battle Monuments Commission

  1. Mervyn L. Richards

National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website

  1. War Department Files - 2 LT Mervyn L. Richards
  2. World War II Honoree - Mervyn L. Richards
  3. World War II Missing in Action or Buried at Sea - Mervyn L. Richards

Find A Grave Website

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