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Richard O. “Dick” Joyce, born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1919, graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air Corps in 1941.During World War II, he served in the 95th Bomb Squadron–17th Bombardment Group, U.S.A.A.F., and was a major participant in the first significant American success against the Japanese. In this daring, daylight raid on Tokyo, Japan, he piloted one of the planes that bombed Tokyo under anti-aircraft fire. Historians have credited this mission with prematurely pushing the Japanese Navy into a disasterous attack on Midway, a defeat considered to be a turning point in World War II. After the war, he returned to Lincoln to run Henkle and Joyce Hardware Co. and fly as a general aviation pilot. Joyce was elected to the Lincoln Airport Authority and served on the board for twenty years. He delivered hundreds of speeches to groups of all types. When he died in 1983, a benefit airshow was held in his honor and a permanent memorial erected in the Lincoln Airport Terminal.

 

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