May 8, 2015
February 10, 1945
“Some Gave All”
Sgt. ‘Dick’ Quiring Lost on Flight Sergeant Richard (Dick) Quiring
of Chico was lost somewhere between Bermuda and the Azores about
January 21.according to a war department telegram received by his
wife, Mrs. Carmelita Quiring, who resides here with their young
son, Dickie. Sgt. Quiring was flying on a B-24 Liberator bomber
as a belly turret gunner, and according to the war department officials:
a search for the missing Chico flier and other members of his crew
is being carried on by air and water branches of the services. The
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Quiring of Chico is a graduate of Chico
High School. Shortly after leaving school he enlisted in the air
corps. He was assigned to the Global 20th Air Force and trained
for a time at Denver. Colorado.
Enterprise Record Chico
Cpl. ‘Dick’ Quiring Dies in Atlantic Plane Crash
Corporal Richard D. Quiring, 22, previously reported missing in
action on January 20, died February 2 in American area, according
to a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Carmelita Quiring of Ivy
Street. Cpl Quiring was on his way overseas when the B-24 he was
on crashed somewhere between the Azores and Bermuda Islands. He
had left this country in January. He was home in December on a furlough
and visited his wife and 18-month old son, Dickie. He had been in
the service for two years. The Chico youth is survived by six brothers
and three sisters and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Quiring of
Chico. The wire stated that a confirming letter will follow shortly.
(Stu- In WWII Soldiers didn’t always come to your door.)
From the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park web site
Richard D. Quiring
Born February 2, 1923, Died January 20. 1945,
Army Air Corporal, B-24 Crewmember in World War II
MIA/BNR Air Loss/Crash, Between Azores, Portugal & Bermuda Islands.
Listed on the Tablets of the Missing,
East Coast Memorial, Battery Park, New York, NY Memorial headstone:
Sources: Additional research by Bill Edmiston.
Years ago Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee member Joan
Lee Van Campen gave me the above story about Richard Quiring, which
I set aside for later use. Well it got lost in my many places that
things get lost in. In the mean time Bill Edmiston found a little
about this Chico Hero and now we have more.
Thank you Joan where ever you are. She has moved south to live with
her sister and we have not had contact for a few years. She did
so much over the years as a committee member. As my readers know
she lost her brother in Vietnam PFC Thomas Van Campen, MIA June
24, 1965. He was a graduate of Oroville High School.
The Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee will have a booth
in the Mike Ish Parking lot across from the Eagles. We will share
it with my other club Men Who Built Oroville Dam. After many, many
years of having a big rig with a steam roller, back hoe or some
other big piece of equipment, we will not this year. The Department
of Water Resources cannot cover us any more with insurance. I guess
we went out big time last year as Dam Worker Clem Brown “Brownie”
rode with me up on top, in his WWII uniform which fit him perfect.
He is in his 90”s. I was so proud to sit with him that fine day.
Many through out the whole parade hollered “Hey Brownie” stood and
saluted him. He has moved out of town and is living near his daughter.
Memorial Day is coming up on Monday May 25th, be sure to save time
to come and pay tribute to those who served their country. There
will be a Ceremony at the Oroville Memorial Park Cemetery on Lincoln
Blvd. at 11AM and weather permitting the Avenue of Flags will be
up. At 1:30pm there will be a ceremony on the Green Bridge with
the Ringing of the Bell for all the Veterans that passed this year
from the Oroville Area. The Thermalito Band (Nelson Avenue Middle
School) will play for us.