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Richard Ernest Evans

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Richard E. Evans grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He started his flying career graduating from the Primary Flying School, Love Field, March 21, 1940, Class of 40-E. He continued his flight training, transferred to Flight #8 Advanced Training Squadron II, Advanced Training Group 1, South Eastern Training Center, Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL. He was a navigation and pilot instructor until finally his request for overseas transfer was confirmed. He was transferred with Col. Fay Upthegrove and the 306th Bomb Wing (99nth BG) to N. Africa. The 99nth BG departed West Palm Beach, FL on January 20, 1943. He piloted many B-17s over N. Africa, Sicily, Italy and German occupied territories for 50 missions. Between April 1943 and about Aug 5, 1943 he was Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery's pilot. The B-17 E "Theresa Leta" was given to Montgomery to travel between his staff and army.
After the 50 or so bomb runs, Richard was transferred to the states to take pilot training for the B-29. He flew his B-29 to Tinian March, 1945.
Richard retired to the Air Force reserves months after the Japanese surrendered only to be asked to fly again when the Korean war began. He continued in the Air Force flying the B-47, B-52, and he became the B-58 Test Squadron Commander. Richard retired in 1959 from the Air Force. He passed away June 13, 2006.
Before he died Richard wrote 21 chapters with humor and humility about his experiences flying the B-17 throughout the N. African/Sicilian/Italian campaign, his relationship with"Monty", his stories about growing up in Tennessee and early USAAC flight training.
Maybe it will be published. I am very grateful for the information that is being gathered by the AAM.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29775 Wongo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/2/43; Gt Falls 20/2/43; Salinas 18/3/43; Morrison 29/3/43; Assigned 341BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 16/4/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 346BS/99BG Oudna 14/11/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44;...

  • 42-38201 2nd Patches

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/1/44; Lakeland 1/2/44; Morrison 9/2/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Tortorella 30/3/44; transferred 346BS/99BG Tortorella 31/3/44, then 429BS; 41m two killed and 8 RTD when ship skidded on airfield PSP into railway embankment and broke up...

  • 41-9082 Theresa Leta

    B-17 Flying Fortress

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2016 03:45:42 Barbara Evans Kinnear Changes to biography
Sources

Notes from daughter, Barbara Evans Kinnear

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 08:11:03 Barbara Evans Kinnear Changes to nickname and events
Sources

1. Unpublished memoirs from Col. Richard E. Evans
2. Remembered stories from Barbara Evans Kinnear, Col. Evans's daughter
3. Photograph of Field Marshall Bernard L. Montgomery with the crew of the B-17E "Theresa Leta" with then Capt. Richard E. Evans. Photograph taken June 23, 1943 by 2nd. Lt. Wesley Hudson, given to B. E. Kinnear by Wesley J. Hudson

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 08:03:03 Barbara Evans Kinnear Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and aircraft associations
Sources

1. Stories written by Col. Richard E. Evans. Unpublished memoirs
2. Stories remembered by Barbara Evans Kinnear, Col. Evans's daughter
3. Photograph of General Montgomery with the B-17E "Theresa Leta" crew with Capt. Evans taken by 2nd Lt. Wesley Hudson, June 23, 1943, provided by his son, Wesley J. Hudson

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