Dick Hewitt was born in December 1920 as one of six sons
of a western New York farmer. He enlisted in the US Army
Air Corps in 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Hewitt graduated from cadet flight school and was part of
one of the first replacement pilot groups to travel overseas
in P-47 aircraft. He completed two tours of combat in the
P-47 before completing 144 hours in the P-51 Mustang in December
Hewitt finished World War II with 425 hours in 140 combat
missions, all with the 78th Fighter Group. He retired from
the Air Force reserve in 1963 with over 20 years of service.
In civilian life, Hewitt retired from the DuPont Company
in 1982 after more than 29 years with the firm. He also authored
and self-published a book, Target of Opportunity, which was
released with global distribution in December 2000.
Hewitt also graduated from the University of Michigan with
a Bachelor of Science degree where he met his wife Lyn. The
two just celebrated their 60th anniversary! The couple now
resides in Lawrence, Kansas.
Hewitt has been active is civic affairs, including 23 years
of Volunteer Tax Counseling for Seniors with AARP and frequent
public speaking appearances on WWII; making it known to never
forget those comrades in Arms, who did not survive the War.