Archive for Saturday, July 17, 1993


July 17, 1993


A longtime Lawrence resident whose exploits as a pilot during the 1951 Kansas River flood were chronicled in the Journal-World earlier this week says he didn't act alone.

Delbert Richardson said he and a group of pilots flew Piper Vagabond planes to coordinate rescue efforts, ferry marooned people to hospitals, transport mail and equipment and allow photographers to record the flood from the air.

In addition to Richardson, Lawrence pilots flying the emergency trips were: "Junior" Richardson, Norman Hoecker, Cloyce Burns, Russell Bartley, Pete Harris, Bob Charlton, Dick Allen, Bob Fisher, Gene Burnett, Bill Hudson, "Lud" Heine, and Delbert Erhart, who at the time had just been appointed manager of the then-new Lawrence Municipal Airport.

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