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Richard Bodycombe
April 29, 1922 - January 23, 2019
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Richard Bodycombe, age 96, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. He was born on April 29th, 1922 in Pittsburgh PA. He was the son of the late Abraham and Henrietta Bodycombe of Etna, PA. Richard was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1948 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and …
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Laurance M Miller left a message on August 8, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear of the General’s passing. I was a Major at AFRES HQ, 1977 to 1982. It was an honor to serve under his command. I will always remember my service at AFRES with fondness of a kindred airman. God speed.
Dr. Harry Friedman left a message on February 16, 2019:
Dick and I became acquainted over thirty years ago through our mutual involvement in the B-17 community. He has struck me as one who accomplished things by being low key and quiet but who knew how to get things done. Our last direct contact was at a Thunder over Michigan airshow a few years ago. What a wonderful time that I had spending the afternoon chatting and watching the aerial activities in the presence of this fine man. I will miss him.
Mr. & Mrs. L. Ward left a message on February 10, 2019:
Please accept our sincere condolences. May you find much peace in the resurrection hope. God always keeps His promises. John 5:28-29, Psalms 37:9-11, Titus 1:2, Psalms 83:18
Mark O'Boyle left a message on February 1, 2019:
Was just thinking about my friendship with son Peter and the Bodycombe family, while watching videos I took of airshows at Willow Run today. Peter and I had great times while growing up in Ann Arbor, always thought his dad was just the greatest. I had more fun visiting Peter, brother Brian, and Chris, mom Karen, and Taffy the wonderdog. Devonshire road in Ann Arbor was a destination for me, knew it would be a fun day. Will miss em all, and please accept my condolences. Rest in Peace Richard, your friend and fan.
Ray Hunter, Colonel, USAF (Retired) left a message on February 1, 2019:
I met Gen Bodycombe in 1985 when I was assigned to the University of Michigan Air Force ROTC program. He called me when I arrived and offered to help me in any way in my assignment of preparing future leaders for the USAF. I asked him to come and talk to the cadets about the Berlin Airlift, which he did. They were thrilled to hear someone who actually flew in the Berlin Airlift. He also spoke at many other cadet activities during my tour at the UM from 1985-1988. At Dick's request in 1986 I joined the Yankee Air Museum and was invited by Dick to join the flight program. Dick assisted me in re-learning how to fly the C-47 and later encouraged me to begin training in the B-17 Yankee Lady. Dick was the founder of the Yankee Air Museum's Flight Operations branch. Dick was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010. Rest easy my friend.
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Hope left a message on January 28, 2019:
We are very grateful for Richard's military service in the U.S. Air Force, having defended the freedoms that we patriotic Americans enjoy today. May Jesus our God of comfort richly bless you all as you remember and celebrate his life legacy. peacewithGod.net
Jimmy Farris left a message on January 28, 2019:
I flew with Dick in a Lockheed Jetstar in the early 1980's. Great Man and Great Pilot. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Hope left a message on January 27, 2019:
My sincere condolences goes out to the family during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in God's promise at Revelation 21:3,4 where we look forward to a time when there will be no more pain and death any more.
David Wayne left a message on January 27, 2019:
I was very fortunate to have met General Bodycombe many years ago while conducting an oral history project with my elementary students. He was very gracious and kind to them while being interviewed on November 11, 2003. He will be truly missed, but not forgotten. David Wayne
David Wayne left a message on January 27, 2019:
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John A. Clark left a message on January 27, 2019:
General Bodycombe spent his adult life in aviation from WWll in which he completed a full combat tour as a B-24 pilot in Italy to the post of chief pilot of the Ford Motor Co. aircraft fleet following the war. He rose to the rank of Major General in the US Air Force serving as Chief of the USAF Reserves. General Bodycombe also served on the committee that planned and created the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was one of the principal founders of the Yankee Air Force/Yankee Air Museum at the Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan. In the early 1980s General Bodycombe was instrumental in the museum's purchase of a flyable B-17G, flew the aircraft from Arizona to the Willow Run Airport where it was completely renovated and marked with Eighth Air Force combat symbols. It was christened "Yankee Lady" and provides flight experience for hundreds of WWll Air History enthusiasts who visit the museum. "Yankee Lady" is one of 5 WWll aircraft in the museum's fleet of flyable WWll aircraft. John A. Clark, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Linda Terentiak left a message on January 26, 2019:
I've known Gen. Bodycombe through the Yankee Air Museum. He represented living history with his stories and I was honored to have known and fly with him! So many memories from the air show trips where he flew us! And the stories! He became a sort of father figure to me as the years flew by and I and many more will very fondly remember him with a tear and a smile. Thank you for your service sir and may you RIP. You will be sorely missed!
Don Meyer left a message on January 26, 2019:
Richard " Dick " Bodycombe was a wonderful person whom I was honored to know and call a friend. I met Dick through the Yankee Air Museum and we did several airshows and events through the years. Dick always treated people with respect and dignity....sometimes a rare thing being a General!!! Godspeed to you Mr Bodycombe!! I have a framed photo of us on my office wall that has been there for years. My condolences to Dicks family.... Peace be with you all!! Respectfully, Don Meyer
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