F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

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F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

Post by georgetanksherman » Tue May 24, 2022 11:37 pm

Looking for further info on F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

Born July 4, 1919, at Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Died Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Buried at Hawkins, Tennessee, USA

Instructor duties at Number 1 B&GS
Trans Coastal Command, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1942 - 1945 WW II

Does anyone have info on what Coastal Command Squadron he was assigned to ?

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George

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Re: F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

Post by Temujin » Wed May 25, 2022 1:08 pm

Some info for you George, Haven’t found the Squadron yet, but the “large article” (which is quite interesting) says their bomber was stationed in Dartmouth (this was a Air Force base located in Halifax, Nova Scotia)……I’ll see if I can find anything else on his Squadron
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Re: F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

Post by Temujin » Wed May 25, 2022 1:24 pm

Found them…..NO 11 (BR) Squadron (BR means Bomber Recon)
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Re: F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson

Post by georgetanksherman » Wed May 25, 2022 2:06 pm

Amazing, as always, Thank You Temujin for the info on F/O William "Bully" Augustus Richardson, just shows even with a little bit of the right info to head you in the right direction, things open up to tell a story !

#11 (BR) Sqn. RCAF Dartmouth, NS, Hudson III BW653 was one of 4 Squadron aircraft caught
in closing weather and icing conditions. Two landed safe in Charlottetown and a third
crashed trying to return to Dartmouth (see below). The crew of BW653 was lost and
dropped their load of depth charges, thinking they were over the water, but they landed in a
field in the Charlottetown area and one exploded, damaging a house. Still lost the crew set
the autopilot and bailed out, landing on ice floes in the Northumberland Strait. The Hudson
flew on and came down near Shediac, NB. On the ice the crew managed to find each
other and stayed on a large ice flow until spotted and rescued by a ferry five days later,
P/O A.J. Barrette lost his feet to frostbite, Acting S/L K.C. Wilson, P/O W.A. Richardson
(RCAF USA) and WO2 J.A. Dobson safe. S/L Wilson and WO Dobson were MiD for
keeping their crew together and alive

https://www.bombercommandmuseumarchives ... ar1943.pdf

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George

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