Hurd, Richard F.

by Wes Cate
(Marshfield, VT)

Dick Hurd was a neighbor of mine. After his tour overseas, he became CO of a B24 training squadron at Westover AAF in Massachusetts. He was on leave, home in Vermont, when his visit to a meeting of CAP cadets was interrupted by news that one of his bombers was missing and presumed down in the vicinity of nearby Camel's Hump mountain.
The AAF immediately mounted a SAR effort, but Dick was certain they were searching the wrong area, and they declined his assistance, so he organized the cadets and led them up the other side of the mountain, finding the wreck with the tail gunner still alive.
After the war, Dick became the Deputy Commissioner of Aeronautics for the state of Vermont, serving in that capacity until he retired in the 1980s. He gave me my first airplane ride in 1963, which led to a career in aviation. When Dick's boss, the commissioner retired, a reorganization of state government was taking place, and the position was abolished, cheating Dick of a promotion, but hard worker that he was, he soldiered on without a word of complaint. Never a harsh word to or about anybody, no matter how richly deserved. He died four years ago.

Comments for Hurd, Richard F.

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 22, 2022
Richard Hurd at Ploesti
by: Anonymous

Vicky, I believe Dick was an aircraft commander from when they left US and ferried their aircraft via S America to N Africa. He had various leadership positions in the squadron and eventually became squadron CO. He may have flown occaisonally in the copilot seat when giving training or proficiency checks. Advancement was rapid due to attrition in combat. I don't believe he ever was a designated copilot. Unfortunately, it's too late to ask him.

Mar 21, 2022
by: Vickie Waters

Is it possible that your friend was the co-pilot on the Barrel House Bessie during the Ploesti raid August 1, 1943? I am doing research on my dad (Kenneth D Hamilton ) who was the navigator.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Our veteran's stories.


The website is NOT our site nor is it our endowment fund.

At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.

Donate directly to the 376 Endowment

To read about other endowment donation options, click here.

My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


DATES: Sep 15-18, 2022

CITY:Wichita, KS

HOTEL: Wichita Marriott

9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Wichita, KS


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen