Richard W. Fellows

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Richard William Fellows US-O7 insignia.svg
Born (1914-09-07)September 7, 1914
Algoma, Wisconsin
Died August 7, 1998(1998-08-07) (aged 83)
Riverside, California
Place of burial United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service 1937-1966
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
War Cross (Greece)
French Croix de Guerre with palm

Brigadier General Richard W. Fellows (1914–1998) was a United States Air Force officer who served during World War II and the Cold War.

He was born in Algoma, Wisconsin, in 1914. He graduated from Algoma High School in 1931 and attended the University of Wisconsin for a year and a half.

Early career[edit]

In 1933, he received a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy. He graduated In 1937, ranking 88th in a class of 298 and assigned to the Cavalry. Second Lieutenant Fellows' first duty station was Randolph Field, Texas, where he attended pilot training school. He completed his advanced training in Pursuit at Kelly Field, Texas, and received his pilot wings in 1938. He eventually was rated as a command pilot.

Lieutenant Fellows' first assignment after Kelly Field was Nichols Field in the Philippines. He earned a combat observer rating as a member of the 2d Observation Squadron there and transferred to the Philippine Air Depot, which he commanded as a captain upon outbreak of World War II.

Battle of the Philippines (1941–1942)[edit]

In December 1941 when Nichols Field became untenable, he transferred his depot to the outskirts of Manila. Depot assembly and repair operations were conducted along boulevards used as runways and in various buildings converted to shops. Although Manila was declared an "Open City" December 25, 1941, the depot continued its operations and evacuation activities to the Bataan Peninsula up until January 1, 1942, when the last P-40 Warhawk under repair was flown to Bataan as the victorious Japanese were entering the city.

On Bataan, Captain Fellows, after reorganizing the remnant of the Philippine Air Depot, was assigned as deputy of the 24th Pursuit Group organized as Infantry and charged with a beach defense mission. At the time of the fall of Bataan, Captain Fellows was serving as a pilot in the "Bamboo Fleet", composed of a handful of small civilian and military aircraft carrying supplies into Bataan from Southern Philippine bases and evacuating selected persons from the peninsula.

His last flight from Bataan was made the morning of April 8, 1942, the day the fighting lines collapsed. Bataan surrendered the following day.

Mediterranean Theater[edit]

After several months of hospitalization Captain Fellows was returned to duty in August 1942 as squadron commander in the 30th Bombardment Group, which he later commanded, at March Field, California. He attended the First Air Staff Officers' course sponsored by General Arnold for combat experienced officers in the fall of 1943 and was assigned, following the courses, to the Mediterranean Theatre.

As deputy and commander of the 376th Bombardment Group, he was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Gross with oak leak cluster, and Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters for his services. Other awards or honors for this period included a combat promotion to the grade of colonel, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, the War Cross (Greece), and Pilot Wings of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force.

He was appointed Deputy A-3 of the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy, returning to the United States and duty in the War Department General Staff after the war in Europe was concluded.

United States Air Force[edit]

He attended Stanford University, receiving a master's degree in the School of Education in 1948. He served a two-month internship in the Personnel Departments of Douglas Aircraft Corporation and the Standard Oil Company of California, after which he was assigned in personnel and programming activities in Headquarters Continental Air Command at Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, until 1952.

He graduated from the Air War College in 1953 and spent the next three years in Newfoundland as commander, first of Pepperrell Air Force Base and later Ernest Harmon Air Force Base.

He was assigned to the Directorate of Programs in Headquarters U.S. Air Force in 1956, serving as deputy director until 1961 when he was reassigned to Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as deputy director of maintenance engineering. He was promoted to brigadier general in May 1960.

From July 1962 until November of the same year, General Fellows was deputy director of plans and programs at Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command Headquarters. In November 1962 he became director. In July 1964 he became the deputy director for logistics, Joint Staff, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He retired on 1 September 1966.


Effective Dates of Promotion[edit]

Rank Temporary Permanent


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