Richard M. Flint
Date of birth: Nov. 17, 1932
Dates of service: 1950 to 1971
Hometown: San Jon
Conflict: Korean War
Branch: Air Force
Rank: Master sergeant
Unit and specialty: Aircraft mechanic, armament and crew chief
Lives in: San Jon
In his words: After completing training to work on jets, Flint spent time in Europe, England and Africa supporting aircraft during the Korean war.
On one supply flight, the plane’s engine began experiencing trouble and caught fire. As the plane was going down, Flint felt a crash was imminent. In a rush to try and level the plane, Flint told the crew members to throw items out the cargo doors.
They tossed as much as they could, including an airplane engine. As the load lightened, the pilot was able to right the plane. Once over land, Flint said the pilot managed a crash-landing in Algiers.
Flint retired from service after more than 20 years and returned home to San Jon, working as maintenance man and marshal for the city.
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