Photos and History of the the 447th Bombardment Squadron from B-25 Pilot Richard H. Spingler

Quotes from Dick Spingler appear in blue lettering

Left photo:"This is me as a Leading Aircraftman (LAC) in Pilot Training Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), 1941. I had obtaind a Private Pilot License and applied for assignment through the Clayton/Knight Committee with the RAF. Pilots that applied were accepted for training at a commercial flight school in Tulsa, OK. At the time - early 1941- I was put on a waiting list for a class. I don't remember the waiting time, but I was talking one day to a Mr. Coffee at Clayton/Knight, asked if there was another way, he said I could go to Canada immediately, if I so desired. They furnished the paper work and a railroad ticket, so in September I joined the RCAF. After Pearl Harbor the US Government asked the RCAF to allow Americans to return to the USA, getting a discharge from the RCAF and entering either the US Army, Navy or Marines. A US Government Recruiting Train for the three services traveled through Canada, starting on the East Coast and traveling to the West Coast. I understand Canada received compensation for each returned American. This occured starting, I believe, April 1942. I was among the first RCAF returnees and we were sent to Montgomery, Ala. They were surprised to see us, claimed they had no instructions regarding our future. Montgomery was a Preflight Cadet Training School. So we were put on leave and then ordered to report to the University of Alabama, Vandegraff Field, Tuscaloosa, AL. So, we wound up going through flight training over again. The upper Class at the time was British. Finally commissioned January, 1943." Right photo: "This picture had to have been taken shortly after being commissioned. I was in Transition Training on the B-25 at Greenville AFB, South Carolina, January, 1943."

Spikes and Spingler fooling around in 1943.
Spikes and Spingler fooling around in North Africa- 1943.

Spingler and Olson with B-25 'Alley Cat.'
Spingler and Olson with B-25 "Alley Cat" in North Africa- 1943.

A recent photo of Dick Spingler with his Tiger Moth.
"This picture is of me with my radio controlled De Havilland Tiger Moth. This is a model of a 1930s British flight trainer. It was in use at the beginning of WWII. I trained in RCAF, 1941, in a Canadian plane which was very similar - A Fleet Finch."

"Both of the above pictures were drawn by Art Holloway. Arthur
Holloway was Navigator on a Special Secret Mission from N. Africa to Italy carrying some Generals (if you know please email me) who were involved with the Italian Surrender. Clyde Morganti was the pilot and William Williams was his copilot. If I recall correctly, they landed at Brindisi. Williams was my tent mate and was shot down Dec. 2, 1943 over Chieti, Italy. It was a tough mission. The top picture is us landing on the beach at Solomon, near Tunis. The flare burst above the plane indicates wounded aboard. The bottom picture shows the noseart of my plane. 'Lady Luck' was the one that I brought over via Ascension Island. Mostly we flew different planes. I think some did manage to stay with one for a few missions. Kind of like the crew arrangement. Assignments changed due to personnel moving in and out of the squadron." See more info about Spingler's B-25 'Lady Luck' and some pictures of a model of 'Lady Luck.'

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