1943 — Africa
Dick retired a USAF Lt. Col. Richard Spingler ! How proud we are of our Vets ! -B
Dick Spingler was born in New York, in 1918. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in May of 1942, but long before that he attained his private pilot's license. Wanting to continue, with War looming large, he applied for, and recieved paperwork and a train ticket to Canada. He Joined the RCAF early in 1941 and was in the Process of Flying the "Fleet Finch", a Canadian Trainer when Pearl Harbor happened and War was declaired.
The Government "ransomed-back" their Canadian trained pilots and Dick was sent to Montgomery Alabama. Montgomery had a Pre-flight school, and although already qualified, they were ordered to the U of Ala., AAC Vandegraff Field, at Tuscaloosa, Ala. for Flight Training. Dick was commissioned in Jan. 1943 and sent to B-25 Combat Transition Training, a "Crash Course" (pun intended) just prior to going over-seas. The 334th Bomb Group, at Greenville SC.
We flew the Southern Route across to Africa, I had been assigned to the 321stBG, and as the 1st Replacement Crews, we were assigned then as needed. I was assigned to the 447th BS, as well as my ship, the Lady Luck #42-64600, Lt Henry W "Steve" Stephenson, Pilot and many of our Crew. They were surely happy to see us ! Combat since Feb, and we were needed. We flew Mission across Africa, closing off supplies to Rommel, chasing him up into the boot of Italy.
I flew many different ships, had many different crew, although some were more regular then others, and the Lady Luck remained my favorite ship.
(More to come, Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian)