Richard Sanders Scott

This happens to me all the time. I pass a plaque laid in the honor of someone and I wish they said something about them. This is the plaque I saw in Central Park this summer.

Richard Sanders Scott 1905 - 1942

This is what I learned from HonorStates. “He was a passenger on the B-24D Liberator #41-23707 when they departed from their base in England for Oran in Algeria. They were to play an important part in the operations to defeat Rommel and the German Armies in Africa. On December 7, 1942, at the end of the first leg of their journey their aircraft crashed into a mountain on the approach to Tafraoui. All on board were killed.”

This is his military registration card. There is some disagreement about his year of birth, but his registration card clearly says 1904. They got the place of birth wrong, however. Oh, and I just noticed they misspelled his name. They meant well.

Richard Sanders Scott 1904 - 1942

Here is a picture of his gravestone from Find-A-Grave.

Richard Sanders Scott 1904 - 1942

And here is Richard, from his Harvard yearbook picture from 1927, followed by a screenshot including his activities. A handsome young man. He had a son, Richard, who was born in 1939, and a wife, Caroline Ticknor Hunnewell, who (whom? I never know) he married in 1937. I didn’t really uncover a lot in my brief search, alas.

Richard Sanders Scott 1904 - 1942

Richard Sanders Scott 1904 - 1942

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Richard Sanders Scott

  1. Thank you for posting this Stacy. Richard Scott is my son-in-law’s grandfather and I’ve been doing his genealogy for the past couple years. With all that research, I didn’t know about the plaque! If you’re interested in more info on Captain Scott, please let me know. He had an interesting life, including being part of the OSS even before it was technically called the OSS.

  2. Hi Cindy, thank you for stopping by. I’d love to hear any stories you have to tell. That is very interesting, his connection to the OSS. What did he do when he was there?

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