M.581 First Officer   Richard Cushman Newmeyer

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 b. 12 Nov 1908, Cleveland OH  31 May 1941 to 31 Aug 1942 

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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."

m. Sandra

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

 

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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


 Download ATA Pilot Personal Record (.zip file):

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