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Silas Rhead Richards


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.



  • Trafford Leigh-Mallory

    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...


  • IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order 1

    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...

Associated Place

  • Eastcote

    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. ...


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Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 22:53:31 Chiprich Changes to nickname

I am his son. Si was his nickname.

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 23:35:12 crich8136 Changes to biography

Silas Rhead Richards was my father. I lived with him in Izmir, Turkey and at Pease AFB, Portsmouth, NH, USA.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2019 01:42:51 crich8136 Changes to service number and role

Family archives in possession of Claude C Richards (

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2019 01:40:49 crich8136 Changes to person associations

Air Force history indicating that Leigh-Mallory was in command of Troop Carrier operations and a photo of Leigh-Mallory with my father and other officers. UPL37218.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2019 09:24:07 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, biography, unit associations and mission associations

Information provided by user circh8136, son