M.355 * First Officer  Richard Carl James 
flag usa   b. 6 Oct 1915, Pittsburgh, PA 6 Mar 1941 to 5 Mar 1942 

    1941

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Father: Carl Henry; Mother Buleh C

Ed. Carnegie Institute of Technology

prev. a "Core Maker" for Westinghouse Airbrake Co., Wilmerding, PA

Address in 1940: 640 Summerlea St, Pittsburgh


m. Jul 1941 in Maidenhead, Kathleen 'Kit' [Bennett, from Maidenhead, b.1920 d. 2010] (2 children)

Delivered 236 aircraft for the ATA, then joined the US Navy on 3 Jul 1942 as a ferry pilot: "I've done my bit to help England, and now that we're in the war, I'll do my bit for my own country."


USNMC WWII Service until 5 Dec 1945

d. 12 Sep 2019 - Greenwood, SC

"Richard was a career Naval Aviator for 27 years, serving in Morocco, England, Japan, Iceland and various duty stations within the United States. He retired as a Commander in 1969 and settled in New Bern, North Carolina, where he and Kit resided for 40 years.

His love of flying continued into retirement and he enjoyed participating in various "Fly-Ins" across the U.S., often attending in an aircraft he built himself. He maintained a lifelong interest in world affairs and current events.

After retiring from the Navy he developed his own daily exercise routine and dedicated himself to a healthy lifestyle, living to be almost 104 years old. Upon the death of his beloved wife of 69 years in 2010, Richard moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina to be near his daughter, Anne, and her family.

Richard is survived by his daughter Anne Landis (Jim); two grandchildren, Kate Doran (Jeff) of Savannah, Georgia; James Landis Jr. (Aimee Smith) of Mexico City, Mexico; and three great grandchildren, Thomas, Penelope, and Vivienne." 

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