Class 1942-H

(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Sept. 6, 1942)

Anderson, Neal E.
Stanton was his instructor
From Brooklyn, NY
Brown, Fred
Was with Piedmont Airlines. Was also head of the Pilot Union.
Bryan, John L.
Carl Anderson was his Instructor. He had Basic at Sumter, S.C. and Advanced at Turner Field, Ga. He went to the Ferry Command (A.T.C.) at Nashville, TN. He flew A-35’s, C-4’s, B-24’s and P-47’s among many others. Later he flew 90 missions over the “Hump”. He was awarded the D.F.C. with a Cluster, and was discharged in Oct 1945 as a Captain.
Jacksonville, FL

He died in 1994.

Captain
Burris, George K.
He was in the Ferry Command. Later the Air Transport Command, flying from Miami to Africa and return. He was disharged in 1946.
Knoxville, TN
Castro, Manuel
Came to Douglas from Forman College in South Carolina.
Fialkoff, Simon
Stanton was his instructor. He became a bombardier with the Class of 43-13 at Big Spring AAFd on September 16.
from New York
Gottlieb, Irwin
He was a graduate of 42I S/N: O-792394. He was a member of the 52nd Fighter Grp, 5th Fighter Sqdn and was MIA and later declared dead after being shot-down in a Spitfire on December 29, 1943. He was based in North Africa and was flying over Italy.
From NY
2LT
Harbin, John Henderson Jr.
Harris, W. B.
Stanton was his instructor
Hollinsworth
Johnston, James A.
Dudley Reed was his instructor at Douglas. He had  Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Field, Ga. S/N: O-791937. He went into the A.T.C. and flew many ferrying trips across the Atlantic between Brazil and Dakar. Later he was an Over Water Crew Instructor. Later he had a flight service at Ft. Lauderdale. Click here for his bio (a PDF). See him in a group picture at Douglas.

Penny Johnston, wife

Of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

WWII LT, later Lt. Col.
Parsons, Douglas V.
Goodman was his instructor. He had Basic at Shaw Field, SC. He graduated from Spence Field, GA. O-361635 Soon was in the SW Pacific flying P-39’s with the 41st Squadron. He flew 276 missions in P-39’s and later the  P-47. Click here for his letter about his service (a PDF).

Darlington, SC
Major
Rosenthal, Robert “Rosie”
Probably in class 42H, but not for certain. S/N: O-792349. He was in the 418th Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group, at Thorpe Abbotts in England. In September 1944 his plane was shot down and broke his arm and nose.  He was rescued by the Free French and returned to duty. After 25 missions he and his crew were entitled to go back to the U.S., but Rosenthal volunteered to fly more missions.  On his 52nd mission, his last, he led a mission to bomb Berlin.  Although his B-17 was in flames from a direct hit, he continued to the target to drop his bombs.  He and the crew had bailed out. He was recovered by the Russians just outside of Berlin.  He made his way back to England by way of Poland, Moscow, Kiev, Tehran, Cairo, Greece and Naples. For more information, click here.

Harrison, New York
Major
Sparks, Herbert Paul
He was a graduate of Turner Field 42J, S/N: O-793385. He was a member of the 2nd Ferrying Group 12th Ferrying Squadron and on the 17th of December 1942, he was killed in a mid-air collision near Greenville, Tennessee while flying a Fairchild PT-19A.
From NJ
2LT
Stiles
Tosi, Jerome Richard
He had Basic at Macon and Advanced at Moody, GA. He served with the 394th Bomb Grp 585th Bomb Sqdn and was Wounded in Action on April 22, 1944. He was a graduate of Moody Field 42H.
Somerville, MA
Major
Wilmerding, William E.
Stanton was his instructor. S/N: O-792415. He was a B-25 pilot with the 340th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Squadron. He completed his tour in Corsica and then flew a second tour as a P-38 pilot with the 474th Fighter Group, 430th Fighter Squadron in Europe.
Previously lived in Ohio and North Carolina.
1st LT
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