Joseph Hemingway Richardson, Jr.


Civil Engineering

Cadet First Lieutenant, Supply Officer, Second Battalion, First Regiment; Football 1,2,3,4; ASCE 1,2,3,4; Alpha Chi Psi 3,4

Georgetown, South Carolina

Spouse - Arden T. Richardson; and son Joe

Army Air Force, Major

558th Bomb Squadron, 387th Bomb Group

Silver Star (Hq 9th Air Force, GO #1698, 1945), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

Aug 8, 1918

Feb 25, 1944

Killed in Action over Holland

Memorialized at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge,England. Memorial marker is also located in the cemetery of Union Methodist Church, Union Crossroads, SC.


Personal Remembrances

A conference room at the 558th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas has been dedicated in the honor of US Army Air Force Major Joseph H. Richardson.

Additional Information

MACR 2332 –
A/C #41-32013 was TQ-P (559th BS 387th BG)
The Arkansas Traveller”, shot down by fighters off the Dutch
coast on February 25th 1944.  Pilot was Major Joseph H. Richardson,
Commanding Officer of 558th BS.  He was also Box Leader that day.
The target was an airfield near Venlo, Holland.  After the group had
released their bombs, they were attacked by 20 Me-109’s. Four 387th
BG a/c were shot down.25th February 1944 target Venlo, Holland.  Just after crossing out over the Dutch coast on the return journey the formation was attacked by enemy fighters.  The B26 41-32013 TQ-P “The Arkansas  Traveller” flown by Maj Joseph H. Richardson and crew was shot down into the North Sea.Maj. Joseph H Richardson Pilot and Sqdn commander
1.Lt William R Stewart Copilot
1.Lt Clyde T Dailey Navigator
Capt John P Coburn Bombardier
2.Lt George B Robertson Navigator
S/Sgt Jack E Hutchinson Gunner
S/Sgt Melbourne D Hindman Gunner
S/Sgt Harry R Lambertson Engineer/gunner
T/Sgt Howard E Miller,Jr Radio/gunner
The reason for the crew of nine was because this was the lead ship, hence two navigators to ensure target accuracy and extra gunners so that the eng/gunner could maintain a constant watch over the mechanical reliability of the B26 and that the radio/gunner could constantly monitor the command radio and pass instructions to the rest of the formation from the lead.

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – Duty above self: Richardson pressed on to accomplish mission