Richard was born in Tientsin(Tianjin) China, son of Arthur McChrystal, an officer with the American Occupation Forces He was raised in Hillsboro and San Francisco, CA. Graduating from Bellarmine Prep School, he spent a year at MIT, then joined the Army Air Corps, flying P-38s and P-51s as bomber escort and ground strafing. After earning the rank of Captain, he left the army, married his sweetheart, Barbara Ruth Bledsoe and started a family with three children, Karen Ann, Stephen Gregory and Marcia Corinne. He also continued his studies and earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He settled in Whittier, CA.
Units served with
The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....
Military site : airfield
Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...