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Richard Fort Sheil


Dick graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1941. At the outbreak of World War II, Dick joined the Army Air Force and trained as a B-17 pilot. As a pilot in the 8th Air Force 94th Bomb Group, he flew 35 missions over Germany, France and Holland, including two missions over France on D-Day. Dick completed a tour of duty, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and left the service with the rank of captain.
Thanks to the GI Bill, Dick earned his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music and shortly after obtained a position at State University of New York, Fredonia. Later, he earned the doctor of philosophy degree in phonetics at the University of Michigan. Dick taught voice and choral conducting at SUNY Fredonia for 30 years, retiring in 1980 as professor emeritus. He was the author of "A Singer's Manual of Foreign Language Dictions."

In recent years, he worked with his friend and colleague Ed Lawson in building a website to honor members of the 73rd Bomb Wing and was honored with full membership by the 73rd Bomb Wing Association for this work. Dick also collaborated with Ed Lawson in editing 35 CIA reports dealing with onomastics, developing several websites and co-authoring a forthcoming book, "Tatar Names in Western Siberia." (source: The Observer, Dunkirk, NY, 13 November 2013)



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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-38007 Hello Mr Maier

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 3/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Nutts Corner N.I., 20/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Q] Rougham 21/12/43; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with John Ellis, Co-pilot: Ralph Campbell, Navigator: George Cross,...

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Born Rochester, NY 22 July 1919
Died Fredonia, NY 9 November 2013


Date Contributor Update
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94th Bomb Group Magazine, Facebook
Obituary: The Observer, Dunkirk NY, 13 November 2013
Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques