First Lt. Richard Stanton


First Lt. Charles Richard Stanton was the first African American bomber pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces—he flew 81 combat missions in Europe during WWII. He was born in Maryland in 1920, but moved with this family to Portland by the 1930s. When this photograph was taken in 1942 he had enlisted in the Air Corps for the duration of the war, plus six months. He died in 1991 and is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Learn more about Richard Stanton from the Oregon Historical Society

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  • Rev. Lee Owen Stone Collection; Org Lot 651; Box 2, folder 1; CN 022276

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