Class 1943-E

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Squadron C, Class of 1943-E

Squadron D, Class of 1943-E

Allen, Elwood J.
He had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at George Field in Illinois (S/N:O-804275) was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 382nd Bomb Group 538th Bomb Sqdn flying training missions in the U.S.A. and was killed in a collision with Clift Ridge near Elk, California on October 1, 1943.
2LT
from Ocala, FL. in 1942.
Elwood J. Allen
Anderson, Lawrence H.
He had basic at Greenwood, MS.
Lawrence H. Anderson
Badila, Elmer (no middle initial)
He had basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: O-804276. See http://www.findagrave.com
2LT
Oct. 3, 1919-Nov. 15, 1999
From Pulaski, PA
Elmer Badila
Banks, Ralph E.
John Ayres was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated at Craig Field (S/N: O-801462). Then checked out on p-40, A-36 and p-39’s. Then was assigned to the 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Sqdn flying his missions from England in P-51’s. He had an accident in one and was returned to the U. S. on a hospital ship.He flew 100 missions in Korea and was flying jets. He was credited with 28 Victories, 21 in Europe and 7 in the Pacific. He regained his health and was a Corporate Pilot. He had a total of 19,000 hours.
2LT later Major
Wife; Dorothy Banks
of Paxton, Mass.
Click here for his bio (a PDF)
Ralph E. Banks
Bell, Albert Murray
He had basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804278. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England. See

http://www.fold3.com/document/48252658/

See also book by crew-mate Andrew Anzanos “My Combat Diary with Eighth Air Force B-17s 390th Bomb Group”.

1LT

of St. Paul, MN in 1942.

Albert Murray Bell
Blackwell, Benjamin E. “Ben”
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron A. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-460073. He was an A-20 pilot assigned to the 417th Bomb Group 672nd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions in the South-West Pacific Area. He had 74 missions.

Major and CPT

Wife Lois Blackwell

Of Campobello, S.C.

Benjamin E. Blackwell
Blanchard, James L.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron A. S/N: O-464693 Ord-Res. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He was lost in action over Holland while flying a P-51 for cover for Adam Parsons (a class mate from Douglas) who was flying a bomber. Click here for more information.

James L. Blanchard
Boy, Clyde Tillary, Jr.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron A. S/N: O-460076. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England and was shot down in B-17 Dinah Might II S/N: 42-97529 on April 9, 1944 and became a P.O.W. imprisoned at Barth, Germany. (MACR #3663 – see http://www.8thafhs.com/)
1LT
of Ft. Mill S. C. 1942

Clyde T. Boy, Jr.
Branlund, Carl J., Jr.
He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated and went into bombers. He was with the 1st Air Force and flew B-29s in India. He was scheduled to return home, but was sent to the Marianas instead. He was shot down two times, lost the airplanes, bellied one in. The 3rd time, he was shot down over Tokyo, Japan.  Information below from MACR (Missing Air Crew Report): He was with the  21st Command, 444th Bomb Group, 677th Bomb Squadron.
On May 25, 1945, he was flying as a 1st Lieutenant and copilot on a  B-29 (S/N: 42-24724) leaving Tinian, Marianas on a combat mission with the intended destination of Tokyo.   The plane issued no messages and  went missing, with all of its 11-person crew MIA.
1st Lt.
He was from St. Paul, Mn.

Carl J. Branlund
Bricker, Stanley C.
He had basic at Greenwood, MS. He was a transport pilot assigned to the 12th AF flying his missions in the Mediterranean Theater some of which were medical evacuation. See
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11877415/
LT
From OH

Stanley C. Bricker
Callahan, Raymond (no middle name)
Merrill Nelson was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from Twin Engine at Blytheville. Later he was sent to England with the 388th Bomb Group, flying B-17’s. He was shot down on May 29, 1944 while over Leipzig, Germany and became a P.O.W. (MACR #5312).
Wife: Virginia Callahan
Of Hornell, N.Y.

Click here for his letter about his service (PDF)

Raymond Callahan
Carstens, Calvin Zeno
Jim Hanson and O.E. Pierce were his instructors at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He flew 50 missions in B-17’s while based in Italy. Then he had his own airport until recalled for Korea. Click here for his letter about his service (PDF)
1st Lt.
Wife: Dorothy Carstens

Of Pinconning, Mich.

Calvin Zeno Carstens
Cavigga, Albert A., Jr.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron B. S/N: O-446426. He had basic at Greenwood, MS. He was assigned to Roswell AAFd and was involved in a belly landing in July 1943.Later he was an actor in the movie “Samson and Delilah” (1949) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2955954/

Albert A. Cavigga
Clay, Robert G.
He had basic at Greenwood, MS.
Robert G. Clay
Cole, Lee A.
O. E. Pierce was his instructor. He had basic at Greenwood, MS.
of Akron, OH. in 1942.
Lee A. Cole
Connor, James G.
Charles Sherrill was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
James G. Connor
Copeland, Hance B.
He had Basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: 6264685. He was a radio operator serving with the 376th Bomb Group 515th Bomb Sqdn flying missions out of the Mediterranean and was MIA in October 17, 1944. See
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/kamps_aloyx_crew.htmlHe was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.

T/SGT
From TX

Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Nettuno
Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy

Hance B. Copeland
Cotton, Wyman E.
He had Basic at Greenwood, MS. See Find-a-Grave
SGT

Victor, Ontario County, NY

Wyman E. Cotton
Couch, Kenneth O’Dell
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron B. S/N: O-460095. He was a bombardier assigned to the 456th Bomb Group 745th Bomb Sqdn flying B-24 missions in the Mediterranean Theater and was shot down on April 21, 1944. His plane was hit by fighters shortly after leaving their target (Bucharest) and could not maintain altitude. The plane crash landed with the entire crew surviving. He became a P.O.W. imprisoned at Sagan, Germany (MACR #4190). See http://b24boojum.com/shotdown.html
CPT
From SC

Kenneth died October 1990

Kenneth O'Dell Couch
Davis, James W.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
James W. Davis
Davison, Robert Beatty
1920-1996
Buried Nogales, AZ

Robert B. Davison
Donaldson, William Condry
He had Basic at Greenwood and graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804307.
of Bessemer, AL.
William Condry Donaldson
Duvall, Ben Luten
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. See FindAGrave
2nd Lt
Dec 16 1917 –
Feb 2 1983
Buried Valparaiso, IN
Ben L. Duvall
Feldman, Hal B.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: 39165283. He was an Avn Cadet assigned to George Field, IL. for flight training and was killed in a crash of his AT-10 2 miles south of George Field on May 3, 1943.
See FindAGrave

Avn Cadet
From CA
Buried Glendale, CA
Hal B. Feldman
Flowers, Melton A.
Nov 27, 1916-
Oct 18, 2002
See Find-a-Grave

Melton A. Flowers
Galloway, George E.
Merrill Nelson was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
George E. Galloway
Goodale, Fairfield
He left Harvard to become a World War II fighter pilot. His instructor at Douglas was Rainville. He remembers his time in Douglas and writes about it in his book. He took Basic at Cochran (in Macon, GA) and Advanced at Jackson, Miss. He became a fighter pilot in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Sqdn. in the Ninth Air Force (European Theater). After the War, he returned to school to become a physician. Goodale was propelled into a successful medical career after a brief but intensely emotional experience in 1945 at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. He wrote the book, The Absolute Truth and Other Uncertainties: A Remembrance (2005) about his life in the service, his career and his family.
Wife: Mary Margaret Lyman Goodale
Born in Massachusetts.
Medical degree from Case Western Reserve University;
Dean, Medical College of Georgia ’76-’84;
Dean Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest ’84-’86
Graham, Charles S.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at Craig Field (S/N: O-803370). He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 305th Bomb Group 364th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England.
He served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 1947 flying P-47s.
1LT
from Boston in 1942.
Charles S. Graham
Halsey, Marcus A.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.

Marcus A. Halsey
Harmon, Bobby L.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
Bobby L. Harmon
Haskell, Blanton Winship
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron C. S/N: O-480437. Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He was a test pilot assigned to the Ninth Air Forces Air Technical Intelligence Detachment in Europe and was captured by the Germans near Brest on August 16, 1944 and managed to escape. (see Escape and Evasion Report #2433)
http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2433.pdf
1LT
from Macon GA

Blanton W. Haskell
Hicks, Doyle Quinton
Billy Lynam was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Advanced at Craig Field. He flew P-40s in the Aleutian Islands. He was brought back to become an instructor when the War stopped. He left the Service after 6 years as a Capt. Click here for his letter (PDF)
Capt.
Wife: Betty Hicks
Of Waco, Tex.
Doyle Q. Hicks
Hinck, Robert M.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He was assigned to the Central Instructors School located at Randolph Field, TX for training to be an instructor pilot, and on June 23 1943, was involved in a minor landing accident in an AT-10 at the field.
He served as a pilot and flight instructor with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Arkansas. There, he met his future wife, Golda. After the war, they settled in Caldwell, NJ. See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?pid=147304158#sthash.r61oalKy.dpufHe had made the rank of Major USAF by 1954.

Died Dec 12, 2010

From NJ

Robert M. Hinck
Hoberman, Eugene
of Chisholm, MN. Later of Rancho Mirage, CA
Feb. 19, 1916-
Feb. 5, 2012
Eugene Hoberman
Hockensmith, William A.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804335). He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England and was shot down by a pursuit plane on February 25, 1944 near Mittersheim. The entire crew bailed out safely. He became a P.O.W. imprisoned at Stalag Luft #1, Barth, Germany (MACR #2952).Retired USAF Major 01/31/62.

http://www.446bg.com/missions/mission_photos/2_44photos.htm

1LT
From KY
William A. Hockensmith
Hoskins, Walter G.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from Craig Field, Selma, AL. as a fighter pilot. He stayed in the reserves after the War. He was a fighter pilot instructor and also flew jets. See Rochester NY Daily Record
From Levanna, NY
Walter G. Hoskins
Illies, Walter Robert
He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss, and graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804340. He was killed in action. Click here for more information.
Lt.
Of Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1942.

Walter Robert Illies
Jasinski, Anthony (aka Anthony Jason)
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 301st Bomb Group 32nd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions over Southern Europe. He completed 50 missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross on what was counted as his 6th and 7th missions. It was over Budapest Hungary on April 3, 1944. His first mission was on 3/22/44 over Verona, Italy and his last mission was on 7/5/44 over Montpellier, France. Total flight time of 245 hours 30 minutes.

He finished WWII as a Capt. He later retired in 1968 as a Lt Col.

After the war he changed his surname to Jason. Source: http://www.301bg.com/jasinski_anthony_j4342_301bg.cfm

Colonel Jason went on to serve as a Communications Officer in Seoul Korea during the Korean War. In 1964-1966 he was stationed in Libya, where he participated in NASA’s Gemini Space Program. From January 1967 until his retirement in 1969, he flew over 50 Medical Air Evacuation and cargo missions in Vietnam. After his retirement from the Military, Tony continued his civil service by working with the US Border Patrol for 20 years. Source: http://www.oconnormortuary.com/obituaries/Anthony-Jason/#!/Obituary

CPT

born July 18, 1919 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and passed away March 18, 2012 in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Anthony Jasinski
Johnson, Joseph Albert
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804344). He was a B-17 copilot assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 323rd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England and was shot down by fighters on October 10, 1943 on a mission to Schweinfurt Germany. Their plane S/N: 42-5714 was hit hard by flak over the target, knocking out an engine and oxygen. The tail gunner, Sgt Claud J. Smith, was hit in the chest and killed at his position by a 20 mm cannon shell. Lt Shane kept the aircraft in the air for another 45 minutes until they were jumped by 12 German fighters. Two more engines were shot out. With loss of three engines, the plane could not stay airborne. Lt Shane and 2Lt Joseph A. Johnson, made an emergency landing south of Metz. The navigator, 2Lt Arthur G. Foster, evaded capture, escaping to Switzerland, and eventually returning to England. The rest of the crew became P.O.W.s. He became a P.O.W. imprisoned at Sagan, Germany. (MACR #899). See also http://www.91stbombgroup.com/mary_ruth/Chapter_4.htm and http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/graybar.html

2LT

From WA

Joseph A. Johnson
Jones, Donald O’Dell
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804345). He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from Old Buckenham in England. See
http://ftp.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/Bradley/index.html

Donald O. Jones
Kauffman, Dallas E., Jr.
Charles Sherrill was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenwood. He graduated with the Class of 43-12 at Kirtland Field in Albuquerque, NM on August 26, 1943 (S/N: O-752682). He was a B-17 bombardier assigned to the 97th Bomb Group 340th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe and was shot down on April 2, 1944 becoming a P.O.W. imprisoned at Barth, Germany (MACR #3583) .
2LT

From PA

Dallas E. Kauffman, jr.
Keane, James P.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He graduated at Craig Field (S/N: O-803400). He was a P-47 pilot assigned to the 354th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Sqdn flying his missions from England. See
http://www.354thpmfg.com/UnitRosterG-L.html

http://www.olarmyjoel.com/Wall%20of%20Service/jackbradley.htm

CPT

From Penllyn, PA

James P. Keane
King, Robert C.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
Robert C. King
Kisylia, Louis Christopher
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804351.
of Gary, IN. 1942.
Louis Christopher Kisylia
Knight, Charles K.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He had graduated from the Class of 43F at Craig Field (S/N: O-805639). He was a P-40 pilot stationed in Hawaii in September 1943.
In October 1944 he was a P-38 Lightning pilot assigned to the 18th Fighter Group 70th FS flying missions from Munda Air Strip located on New Georgia in the South Pacific, when he gave a deposition regarding a missing plane (MACR #15178).
LT
Charles K. Knight
Kolata, Henry J.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: 16008707. He was assigned to Shaw Field and was killed in a flying accident in a BT-13 on March 23, 1943 near Greenwood, Mississippi.

AVN CADET

From WI

Henry J. Kolata
Kutsch, Howard James
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804353.
of Fort Wayne, IN. 1942.
Howard J. Kutsch
LeBleu, John H.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: O-804354. He was a C-46 pilot assigned to the 2nd Combat Cargo Group 7th Combat Cargo Sqdn flying his missions from Air Strips located in Northern New Guinea. See
http://www.comcar.org/2nd_comcar/7th_comcar_sqd/7th_ccs_special_orders_64.htm

1LT
John H. LeBleu
LeLoup, Alexander E.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. He was a P-47 assigned to the 368th Fighter Group 395th Fighter Sqdn flying tactical missions from Air strips located in Western Europe. See
http://www.368thfightergroup.com/395-photo-1943-w.html

LT

from NY

Alexander E. LeLoup
Lipka, John Francis
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804358. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England. He flew 16 missions, from 05/22/1944 to 07/19/1944. See
http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=12391

1LT

of Chicago, IL. in 1942.

John Francis Lipka
Lohmann, Eugene Augustus
John Muir was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss, and graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804360. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England.
He was recalled for the Korean war.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Edith Lohmann

Of Columbus, Ohio

Eugene Augustus Lohmann
Long, Robert L.
Probably graduated from Primary School in Douglas with the class of 1943-F.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS.
For a picture of Long with Instructor Cunningham, click here.
Robert L. Long
Lowe, James Alfred
John Murr was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenwood. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804361.
of Seffner, FL. in 1942.
James Alfred Lowe
Luft, Walter E.
Had Basic at Greenwood, MS. S/N: O-804362. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 301st Bomb Group 419th Bomb Sqdn on March 5, 1944 flying his missions over Southern Europe and was shot down on April 2, 1944 becoming a P.O.W. imprisoned at Sagan, Germany. (MACR #3707; A/C: 42-31639)He retired disabled as a 1LT from the USAAF on November 24, 1946.
1LT

From OH

Walter E. Luft
Lupole, William Howard
John Murr was his instructor. Basic at Greenwood, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804363. He was in the 96th Bomb Gp. On Feb. 25, 1944, he was the pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-39841) on a mission to Germany. He was shot down and seriously injured. Click here for more information.
of Johnsonburg, PA. in 1942.
William Howard Lupole
MaGinn, Lewis James
Fritche was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. and graduated at George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. He went into B-17’s. Was in 351st Bomb Group in England.
Lewis James Maginn
Mahn, Clifford Harry
W. M. Fritche was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenville, MS. in 1943. He had graduated as a bombardier with the Class of 43-18 at Deming AAFd on December 24, 1943 (S/N: O-754924). He was trained as a bombardier instructor and assigned to the bombardier school located at Deming AAFd in New Mexico where on January 18, 1944 he was killed in a mid-air collision near the field, along with the pilot and eight bombardier cadets.

2LT

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Ed A. Mahn. Probably born 1919.

IL.

Clifford H. Mahn
Marks, Kenneth W.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.

W. M. Fritche was his instructor.

See findGrave.org

1st LT

Nov 27 1919-
Aug 28 2001

Auburn, IN

Kenneth W. Marks
McAtee, Emory D.
W. M. Fritche was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated with the Class of 43-12 at Big Spring Field on August 26, 1943 (S/N: O-689478). He was a B-24 bombardier assigned to the 460th Bomb Group 761st Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe. On a July 7, 1944 mission to Blechammer, Germany, his plane (S/N: 42-78220) was hit by flak. The plane could not keep up with the formation. The crew bailed out over Yugoslavia. He became a P.O.W. for the rest of the war (MACR #6586).

Oct. 25, 1920-
Feb 1, 1987

2LT

from Carlisle OH

Emory D. McAfee
McCallum, Roy Alwood
W. M. Fritche was his instructor at Douglas. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804369. He was in the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, 332nd Squadron flying B-17’s. On 24 April 1944, he landed in Germany after a mission over Friedrichshafen in Dübendorf. McCallum and his crew came to the target in heavy anti-aircraft fire. Engine 3 of his B-17 (S/N: 42-97138) began to smoke and it had to be feathered. When he landed, only a small amount of fuel remained. He was interned. On Aug. 27, 1945 the aircraft was flown back to Burtonwood. (See MACR #4159).

1LT

of Sumner, MO. and/or Menominee, MT.

Roy Alwood McCallum
McCauley, William E.
J.B. Knox was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville, MS.
William E. McCauley
McClain, Lester E.
J.B. Knox was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Lester E. McClain
McGlon, Robert E.
J.B. Knox was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Robert E. McGlon
McKinzie, William M.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804373). He was the commanding officer (Lt Col) of the 436th Airlift Wing from August 1, 1961 to June 3, 1965.
CPT

From KS

William M. McKinzie
McLain, Marvin H.
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. During Advanced he broke his finger, so graduated with Class 43F (S/N: O-807021). He went into B-24’s at Casper, Wyo. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 380th Bomb Group 528th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from Australia and then the Philippines. His plane was named “Queer Deer”. He had 50 Combat Missions. Then he instructed at Walla Walla, Wash.
LT
Marvin H. McLain
Michaud, Clarence L. “Mich”
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from Napier Field (S/N: O-805091). “Mich” stayed in the Air Force flying A.T.C. and M.A.T.C. until 1964. Then he was hired by United Airlines and flew DC-6, DC-7 and P-727’s He retired in 1983.

LT

Wife: Marion Michaud.

of Palm Desert, Cal.

See comments on Charles B. Moore.

Clarence L. Michaud
Mimler, Arthur Mathew “Art”
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. Art had Basic at Greenville, Advanced at Napier Field (S/N: O-805094). Then to Odgen Ut. for check out on C-47’s. He was with the 363rd Photo Recon Group 381st PRS flying his missions from England. He also flew P-39’s and was flying a P-51-B (S/N: 43-24789) when he was shot down on June 14, 1944. He bailed out and spent 7 days wandering about. He was captured by the Germans just one mile from our lines. He spent one year as a P.O.W. imprisoned at Sagan, Germany (MACR #5693). He was released when recaptured by our side. The boat hit an iceberg on the way home. Then he was an Engineering Officer at Napier Field. He was testing P-51 & P-47’s.

Lt. Col.

Died Jan. 2011.

Wife: Thena Mimler,

of NJ and later of Catheys Valley, Cal.

Arthur M. Mimler
Moore, Charles B. “C. B.”
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. He started Primary Nov. 24, 1942, soloed Dec, 18, 1942. He had Basic at Greenville and Advanced at Napier Field at Dothan. He went to Kansas City to T.W.A. to check out in DC-3’s. Then he was an instructor at Dallas for 5 months. Next to C-46 transition at Reno.
He died in India when the C-46 he was on crashed.
Click here for more information.

Charles B. Moore
Morris, Cecil Randolph
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor at Douglas. Cecil had Basic at Greenville where he was delayed to class 43F. He graduated from advanced at George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. Click here for pictures and letter from Cecil (PDF).

1st Lt.

Wife: Alice Morris

of Roca, NE.

Cecil Randolph Morris
Morton, Alfred C.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804381) was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 449th Bomb Group 717th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions in Southern Europe. On May 5, 1944 his B-24 (S/N: 42-7744) was attacked enroute to the target (Ploesti) by 3 ME109s. His airlerons had been shot out and he could not control the ship. He ordered everyone to bail out. One of the crew prematurely released his parachute inside the plane. He was still inside the flight deck when the plane blew up. He was blown out of the ship and survived. He became a P.O.W. imprisoned in Romania (MACR #4714). He earned a Silver Star. For a photo of him with his crew, see
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmalewski/6508407643/ target=”_blank” (he is probably top row, second from left)

1LT

From VA

Alfred C. Morton
Moss, Richard T.
He left his flying career while at Basic at Greenville, MS. due to health reasons.
Richard T. Moss
Myers, Connors C., III
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. Soloed Dec. 25, 1942. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. S/N: O-803852. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Sqdn flying his 30 missions from England. He then finished his tour and was reassigned to Hendricks Field in Florida where he was killed on January 21, 1945 during a training flight in a light trainer (BT-13A) near Hendricks Field, Florida.

See newspaper article about the crash.

Click here for a group picture at Douglas.

Probably born in 1919 in NC. From AL during War.

1LT

Connors C. Myers, Jr.
Myers, Leonard H.
“Snow” White was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS
Leonard H. Myers
Nelson, Richard E.
“Snow” White was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Richard E. Nelson
Netterville, Robert Earle
“Snow” White was his instructor. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. S/N: O-805100. He was a transport pilot assigned to Rosecrans Field located near Saint Joseph Missouri flying training missions and was killed when his plane caught fire and crashed near Sioux City, Iowa on January 31, 1944.

Robert E. Netterville
Newson, Grover H.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Sqdn flying his 30 missions from England from December 20, 1943 to April 19, 1944.
From NJ
Grover H. Newson
Nichols, James M.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
James M. Nichols
Nielsen, Roy A.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. S/N: O-805101. He was a C-47 pilot assigned to the 61st Troop Carrier Group 15th TCS flying his missions in the Southern European Theater and was killed when his plane went missing during a cargo run on November 23, 1944 in France. The C-47A (S/N: 42-23332) had a crew of 4, all killed. He is listed as KIA (MACR #10529). See FindaGrave

1LT

From IL

Wife: Mary G. Nielsen
of Kenmore, NY

Roy A. Nielsen
Olson, Merrill S.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated at George Field (S/N: O-804387) was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England. On September 11, 1944 he was pilot of B-24J “Betty” (S/N: 44-40098) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Misburg, Germany. The plane’s engine was hit by flak in the target area. The propeller started windmilling causing drag and the plane lost altitude. Olson decided they did not have enough altitude to clear the North Sea and ordered a bail out. All bailed out except the command pilot who was flying as copilot on board, who finally feathered the engine and reduced drag and was able to fly the plane back to base. Some of the crew became P.O.W.s but Olson was able to evade capture (MACR #8909).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/3213945941/

DFC with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Purple Heart

CPT

From Elmira NY

See FindAGrave
Born Jun 30, 1916
Died Apr 12 1949

Merrill S. Olson
Owens, Leonard T., Jr.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Leonard T. Owens, Jr.
Pachak, George R.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
George R. Pachak
Palmerton, John J.
Had basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated May 23, 1943 (S/N: O-805105). He was a flight leader in his fighter squadron based in China.
1LT

From NY

John J. Palmerton
Parsons, Adam
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron D. S/N: O-444278 (Inf-AUS). Adam was a Paratrooper and transferred to the Air Force. He had basic at Greenwood, Miss. Later he was with the 94th Troop Carrier Sqdn. in Europe. He was discharged in 1946. He was recalled in 1950. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1967. Click here for his bio (PDF).

Lt. Col.

Wife: Nelle Parsons

Of Akron, Ohio.

Adam Parsons
Pingel, Clarence Harold
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804391. He was in the 91st Bomb Gp., 322nd Sqdn flying B-17’s in the European Theater. See http://www.91stbombgroup.com

1st Lt.

born in about 1917

of Ashland, WI.

Clarence Harold Pingel
Pohl, Frank
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-804392.
of Chicago, IL.
Frank Pohl
Price, William S.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
William S. Price
Putek, Henry
James Puryear and Culver Nesmith were his Instructors. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. in May 1943. Then he was checked out in B-17’s. He went to the 381st Bomb Group in England in Nov. 1943. He had 30 combat missions.
Wife: Edna Putek

Of Elmhurst, Ill.

Click here for his letter about his service (a PDF).

Henry Putek
Putman, Wayne W.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. S/N: O-805111. He was a single-engine pilot instructor assigned to Jackson Army Air Field in Mississippi and was killed when his AT-6A was stalled into the ground near the field on April 30, 1944. He and his cadet trainee died in the crash. Some of his cadets nicknamed him “The Rock.”
2LT

From OK

Wayne W. Putman
Raymond, George L.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
George L. Raymond
Reed, Neal E.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was assigned to the 379th Bomb Group. In July 1944, he earned the DFC.
T/SGT

From NY

Neal E. Reed
Reidy, Robert J.
Bob Lape and Walter Hoffmann were his Instructors. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from Twin Engine from Lawrenceville, IL. and was soon in China in the 14th A.F. He was a test flight engineering officer in Kunming and Chengkung in 1944-45. He logged time in C-47s, P-38s, P-40s, P-51s, C-46s, C-54s, B-24s, B-25s, and Noorduyn Norsemans.
Captain

Wife: Evelyn Reidy

Of Akron, Oh.

Robert J. Reidy
Reif, Leo
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Leo Reif
Riddle, Edward F.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was in the photo section at Blytheville AAFd in September 1942; see

http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/31315819/

SGT

From GA

Edward F. Riddile / Riddle
Risinger, Raymond Hollis
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was an A-20 pilot assigned to the 46th Bomb Group based at Will Rogers Field near Oklahoma City, OK in August 1943.
From TX
Raymond H. Risinger
Roberts, William L.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
William L. Roberts
Rodriguez, Luis R.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
Luis R. Rodriguez
Rorabaugh, Robert L.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from Napier Field (S/N:O-805120). He was a P-38 Lightning pilot assigned to the 370th Fighter Group 402nd Fighter Sqdb flying his missions out of England and on the Continent.
LT

From PA

Robert L. Rorabaugh
Russell, David C.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from George Field (S/N:
O-804407). He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group 407th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions out of England and was killed when his plane and another B-17 collided and crashed on January 30, 1944. He was buried along with others in his crew at a community cemetery in Otze near Burgdorf Germany. (MACR #2254)
2LT

From IL

David C. Russell
Sampson, Garfield E.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from Napier Field (S/N:O-805127). He was a P-38 pilot assigned to the 2nd Photo Recon Group 33rd Photo Recon Sqdn and was seriously injured in a plane crash on March 7, 1944 at Will Rogers Field, Okla when the engine failed. He was retired disabled as a 1LT on December 10, 1946. (see Find-a-Grave).
See also
https://garfieldsampsonmemoryscrapbook.shutterfly.com/

LT

Died August 4th, 2013, age 94

Garfield E. Sampson
Schluter, Henry P.
Henry P. Schluter
Schumann, Floyd M.

Had Basic at Greenville, MS.

Floyd M. Schumann
Severn, Theodore
Charles Sherrill was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a career Air Force officer attaining the rank of Colonel.

He wrote a book “Airland Battle Preparation: Have we Forgotten to Train the Dismounted Mechanized Infantryman” (1988).

In 1962, Lt. Col. Severn of York Springs, PA received the U.S. Air Force commendation medal during a ceremony at Westover AFB, Mass. He was awarded the medal in recognition of his meritorious service as an operations staff officer with Headquarters, Eighth Air Force.

From PA

See FindAGrave

Theodore Severn
Shaul, Harold V.
Sam Snow was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenville. He washed out at Napier Field. He was transferred and became a Bombardier and Radar Operator I Navigator in the 14th A.F. He served in the Pacific and spent time in Japan. He stayed in the Service for 20 years and did Radar Maintenance.
Major

Wife: Ida Shaul

Of Herkimer, NY.

Harold V. Shaul
Shelton, Lee M.
Clyde Climer was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 22nd Bomb Group 33rd Bomb Sqdn (AKA The Red Raiders) flying his missions in the Southwest Pacific Theater.
Col.

He died in June 1986.

From OK

Lee M. Shelton
Shepard, Amos Worthen
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from George Field (S/N: O-804417). He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 457th Bomb Group 749th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions out of England and was shot down on April 9, 1944 over Gydnia, Poland and became a P.O.W. imprisoned at Barth, Germany (MACR #3666). (see Find-a-Grave)

2LT

Born Apr. 1, 1916
Died Aug. 31, 2009

From Winchester, MA

Amos W. Shepard
Simmerly, Frank Mathew
He graduated from Freeman Field with the Class of 44E. He was a B-26 Marauder pilot assigned to the 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions out of England and from bases on The Continent.

1LT

From OH

Simmons, Adair C.
Charles Sherrill was his instructor at Douglas. He had basic at Greenville and graduated from Napier Field. He was a flight instructor at the Advanced Flying School located at Napier Field in August 1944.
LT

Of Belding, MI.

Adair C. Simmons
Sirkis, Joseph A.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron B. S/N: O-463901. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was an engineer working for the Federal Aviation Administration in the Office of Aviation Medicine.
Probably born Dec. 8, 1920, died Jan 22, 2007
Joseph A. Sirkis
Siscoe
No other information
2nd Lieutenant
Sommer, Lester P.
SGT

Apr. 5, 1919-Apr. 17, 1994

From IA

Lester P. Sommer
Staley, Ray C.
Clyde Climer was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 449th Bomb Group 718th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions out of Grottaglie, Italy.

During Vietnam war he was COL Ray C. Staley, commander, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/expertinfantry/5421039302/ Was career USAF.

MAJ
Ray C. Staley
Stampick, Frank Valentine
Clyde Climer was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-24 nose turret gunner assigned to the 761st Bomb Group 766th Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from Torretta, Italy and was shot down over Budapest Hungry on April 13, 1944 and was killed in action. (MACR #3974)
S/SGT

From IL

Frank V. Stampick
Stephens, Marvin L.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron C. S/N: O-445732. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group (aka “Ken’s Men) flying his missions in the South West Pacific Area. He was mention in MACR #1221 (plane 42-41075)
http://www.fold3.com/document/28682701/

CPT

From Amherst, TX

Marvin L. Stephens
Strauss, Francis A.
S/N: 32142469 (see Find-a-Grave)

CPL (TEC5)

From NY

Francis a. Strauss
Tankersley, Roland D.
Served in the Pacific after being released from flight school due to vertigo.
Roland D. Tankersley
Tanner, George A.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from George Field (S/N: O-804423). He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 455th Bomb Group 742nd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions in Southern Europe and was Killed In Action on July 2, 1944 during a takeoff accident.

1LT

From IL

George A. Tanner
Tatler, William D. “Bill”
Clyde Climer was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. Bill graduated at George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. Later he was based at Foggia, Italy and flew 52 combat missions. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1972. Click here for his service record and obituary (a PDF).

Lt. Col.

Wife: Anne Tatler

Of Venice, Fla.

Died: Apr. 28, 1994

William D. Tatler
Tryon, Clyde Duane
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was a B-29 gunner with the Saipan-based 497th Bomb Group 871st Bomb Sqdn.

(See Find-a-Grave)

See also http://cjonline.com/stories/080308/loc_312959062.shtml

SGT

Dec. 29, 1919-Jun. 14, 2008

From KS

Click here for a group picture

Clyde O. Tryon
Turner, James E.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
James E. Turner
Turner, John S.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
John S. Turner
Van, Willis Perry
His name was originally Willis Perry Van BenSchoten.  When he enlisted on 8 Dec 1941 they asked his name; he just gave “Van”; figured it would be easier. Harry Ross was his instructor at Douglas. He had basic at Greenville, Miss. He graduated from George Field (S/N: O-804430)

After he finished his pilot training he became an instructor (B-17 IP). He then took a B-29 to Tinian with the 314th Bomb Group.  He was a B-29 Superfortress pilot assigned to the 29th Bomb Group 43rd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from Guam against Japan. He commanded Crew 43-11. He had 9 combat missions and was then selected to Lead Crew School and flew to Muroc, California on 5 August 1945.

He got out of the AAC after the war, but enlisted 95 days later as a Master Sergeant.  Was a Sergeant Major at McChord in Washington state and Ladd AFB, Fairbanks, AK.

Got recommissioned in 1952. Was in personnel, instructor pilot, Inspector General.  Retired from USAF in 1964.

Wife: Frances Van

Raised three boys (2 in US Army, 1 in USMC) and two girls.

Of Fair Oaks, Cal.

Click here for a group picture

Willis P. Van
Verketis, Frank S.
He graduated from Kirtland Field, NM with the Class of 43-11 on August 5, 1943.S/N: O-752368? He was a B-24 bombardier assigned to the 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from Cherignola, Italy.
2LT

From NY

Frank S. Verketis
Von Hollen, Charles Harold, Jr.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron C. Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He graduated from Craig Field (S/N: O-460010). He was a P-47 pilot assigned to the 413th Fighter Group flying missions from Ie Shima near Okinawa. He was mentioned in MACR #14895, for being in charge of a search detail for a lost pilot.
2nd Lt

From SC

Charles H. VonHollen
Wallis, Sam P., Jr.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS. He was an A-36 Apache pilot assigned to the 85th Fighter Group flying training missions from Harding Field, LA in August 1943, when he was in a landing accident near the field.
From FL
Sam P. Wallis, Jr.
Weir, Charles D.
Ray Murray was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. and then was assigned to the 417th Bomb Group. He went to New Guinea and flew 77 missions. He was discharged in 1946. Later he joined the Air National Guard and flew some jets. Then 8 years with the U.S. Army Air Reserve.
Wife: Mary Lillian Weir

Of Douglas, Ga.

Click here for his bio and picture (a PDF).

Charles D. Weir
Weir, Robert A., Jr.
Robert A. Weir, Jr.
Williams, James L.
Had Basic at Greenville, MS.
James L. Williams
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