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Richard Lewis | Multiple Units - Army Air Corps

4:32   |   At the end of his last bombing mission, Richard Lewis buzzed the tower. What could they do? He was going home. They made an instructor out of him for a while, but he had enough points for discharge, so he was out before VJ Day. He stayed in the reserve so he could still fly Uncle Sam's planes.

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WWII
Korea
  • Richard Lewis  |  Korea  |  43rd Bomb Wing  |  4:10

    Although activated during the Korean War, heavy bomber pilot Richard Lewis was never sent there, instead serving in Tucson with a B-50 unit. That unit had some hush, hush operations, including a plane armed with an atomic bomb aloft 24/7.

Cold War
  • Richard Lewis  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  6:02

    Pilot Richard Lewis decided not to stay active, but he stayed in the Reserve with a unit at a small airfield. He was pushed out of that when he got a promotion and he eventually wound up with a position that he liked very much, so much that he stayed in until he reached thirty years service.

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