Born on 25 August 1911, he joined the Royal Air Force and served in No.4 (RAF) Squadron. Qualified as an instructor, he was transferred to No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron when it was founded in June 1937. However, he was not mentioned after September 1939. He subsequently joined the Bomber Command, No.37 (RAF) Squadron and No.12 (RAF) Squadron. On 26 July 1942, Wing Commander Richard C. Collard was shot down by the Flak over the Netherlands. Captured, he ended the war in Stalag Luft III. He remained in the Royal Air Force, after the war, occupying various command posts. Group Captain, in charge of Coastal Command operations, he retired in 1953 to join the Handley Page Aircraft Company. He entered politics at the Conservative Party and was elected to the House of Commons for the siege of Central Norfolk in 1959. He suddenly died of illness on 9 August 1962.