A descendant of Elder Robert Cushman of the Mayflower Expedition.
Father: William Lawrence Newmeyer, originally from Argentina;
Mother Sophie [Richardson], a playwright (Richard, sister Sophie and his brother Don acted in her plays, e.g. 'Half Loaves', a "sparkling comedy of modern life", and 'The Love Lease').
Ed. University of California Berkeley (Law)
A member of the University Life Saving Corps and an instructor in swimming and life-saving. "He has on several occasions had opportunity to put his life-saving ability to practical test in rescuing persons from drowning."
prev. a Secondary School English Teacher, Kern Co. High
prev. exp. 280 hrs, private flying
Address in 1941: 2110 N Kern St, Bakersfield, CA then 10250 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP
2 accidents, neither his fault:
- 19 Nov 1941, the brakes failed and he taxied a Battle into a hedge;
- 19 Jun 1942, another brake problem, in a Harvard, led to an uncontrolled swing on landing.
"A pilot of exceptional ability and keenness, whose good discipline and conscientious work made him a great asset to this pool."
Later flew 'The Hump' for CNAC - see CNAC Captain Richard C. Newmeyer
Richard's Visitor Visa for Brazil, 1945
Later a teacher (as was his wife Sandara) in San Pedro, CA
d. 8 Jul 1995 - Bakersfield CA
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