BISHOP, RICHARD REED, Technical Sergeant, # 31110647, USAAF
Richard R. Bishop was born 1 September 1914 in Hartford, Windsor Co., Vermont, to Elbridge G. Bishop (1891- ) (NH) and Eva Mae (Reed) Bishop (1895-1927) (NH) (married 20 April 1912). Siblings included Stanley Earl Bishop (1913-1999) (VT), Madeline Hazel Bishop (1916-1991) (NH), Elbridge George Bishop Jr. (1918-1987) (VT). He was married to Geraldine L. (Fowler) Bishop, who in 1943, lived at 407 Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, Michigan. In 1997, he and Geraldine lived at RFD 1, Box 397, Jeffersonville, Vermont.
He enlisted in the USAAF on 20 July 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, then to an advance airfield in China. On 20 August 944, a B-29, # 42-6408, “Reddy Teddy,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Imperial steel works at Yawata, Japan, and upon dropping their bombs, at 1645 hours at 26,000 feet, was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was lost. Sgt. Armstrong was the senior gunner. SSgt. Bishop was the right waist gunner. Most of the crew survived. B-29 42-608 was seen to received direct hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire over the target and went into a dive. Parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Roberts suffered traumatic amputation of right leg. Kennard and Roberts were dragged through the streets by civilians and beaten. 1stLt Pickett suffered severe burns and was grossly mistreated by the Japanese. Lt. Rewitz suffered burns. SSgt Bishop heard Japanese interrogators questioning SSgt Kazarian. After honorable discharge on 15 September 1947, he was residing at 413 S. Warren Ave., Big Rapids, Michigan. He died 10 March 1997 in Jeffersonville, Lamoille Co., Vermont.