American officers of the 9th Troop Carrier Command in a photo-op with Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh-Mallory (first on the left). Silas Rhead Richards is fourth from the left. Rufus Ward is fourth from the right. This picture was taken 26 Apr 1944 at Eastcote Place, Middlesex, England.
Colonel Silas Rhead Richards served on the planning staff of the 9th Troop Carrier Command for D-day and Operation Market Garden. He served under Gen. Paul L. Williams and Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh-Mallory. Subsequently he served as liaison to NATO in Izmir, Turkey and Base Commander at Pease AFB, Portsmouth, NH, USA.
Military | Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, KCB, DSO & Bar was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. Leigh-Mallory served as a Royal Flying Corps pilot and squadron commander during the First World War. Remaining in the newly formed RAF after...
6 June 1944
IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order No 1 was originally issued on 31 May 1944, before being amended on 4 June 1944. It determined the role that 9th Air Force Troop Carrier Command would play in the assault phase of Operation Neptune- the Normandy...
Military site : non-airfield
During the war the area between Eastcote Road and Lime Grove was known as HMS Pembroke and supported operations at Bletchley Park (encryption and code-breaking). After the war Pembroke's role was as GCHQ until the move to Cheltenham.