RICHARD S. SMITH, 1LT, USAF
Richard Smith '55
Date of birth: October 12, 1932
Date of death: January 22, 1959
From the 1955 Lucky Bag:
Dick was lost on January 22, 1959 when the KB-50J refueling tanker he was co-piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from England Air Force base, Louisiana. All five other crewmen aboard also perished; they were members of the 622nd Air Refueling Squadron.
From researcher Kathy Franz: "At Lane Technical, he was known as Dick. National Honor Society, German Club, Spur and Saddle Club, Slide Rule Club, I. M. Sports."
Note: The Register of Alumni and a Class of 1955 decedent affairs representative both list the date of his loss as January 1, 1958.