Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr | Pilot Class 45A

Eugene J. Richardson, Jr. was born on September 18, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. His early education took place primarily in Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Richardson was living in Camden, NJ, when he earned the status of Pre Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps and entered active duty in October, 1943, at Kessler Field, Mississippi for basic military training. In February, 1944, Eugene went to Tuskegee Alabama for pilot training and subsequently received his pilot's wings and officer's commission on March 11, 1945, in class 45A.

Eugene trained for combat in the P-40 and P-47 aircraft at Walterboro Army Air Field, South Carolina. 

The war ended in Europe before Eugene saw combat. He left military service in July 1946 to pursue his goal of higher education. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and the Master and Doctorate in Education from Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Richardson taught math and science, was a vice principal and principal of middle schools in the School District of Philadelphia. He retired after thirty-five years of service.

Eugene enjoys sharing special times with family, mentoring, and lecturing. He works with his wife in their non-profit called Find Your Wings - a youth career development organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen through dream, desire and discipline.