Class 1943-F

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Squadron E, Class of 1943-F

Squadron F, Class of 1943-F

Squadron G, Class of 1943-F

Squadron H, Class of 1943-F

Abbott, Elwyn M.
Had Basic at Shaw Field.
from Morgan UT.
Elwyn M. Abbott
Allen, Richard Essman
Sherrill was his instructor. He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
of Miami, FL.
Richard E. Allen
Bailey, Robert S.
He had Basic at Shaw Field. Graduated and had 56 missions in B-25’s in the C.B.I. (China/Burma/India) Theatre. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for voluntarily flying food and ammunition to a beleaguered Army group and for flying out wounded soldiers.
In addition, he received a Commander’s Citation for rescuing a pilot who was drowning in the surf off the west coast of Africa. He spent thirty-eight years in public education, first as a teacher and later as a principal and an asst superintendent.
Born: Oct. 16, 1919 in West Brighton, New York
Died: Mar. 11, 2001

Later of Watchung, New Jersey

See http://www.findagrave.com

Robert S. Bailey
Barkan, Martin
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and Graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-803160. He was in the 93rd Bomb Gp. 409 Bomb Sqdn (H). On June 21, 1944, he was flying a B-24J (S/N: 43-109816) with a crew on a mission to Berlin. A flak hit caused a gas leak, and he flew the plane to southern Sweden and crash landed it. He was interned and eventually he and his entire crew were released. (MACR #6544)
1st Lt.
From Brooklyn, L.I. N.Y.

Martin Barkan
Bates, Richard Lee
At Douglas, he was in Squadron E and his flight Instructor was Bill Sager. He had Basic at at Shaw and graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-803681. He transitioned to B-24s in Smyrna, TN. He served in 466th Bomb Gp, 785th Bomb Sqdn. He was in some pile ups and in the B-24 “Jamaica” that crashed on the Normandy Beach in 1944. He retired on disability because of injuries.
Major
Wife: Elsie Bates

Originally of Louisville, KY. Later from Granite Shoals, Tx.

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Richard Lee Bates
Bauguss, George F.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
George F. Bauguss
Benedick, Edward H.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. He graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805381. He spent 2 years as flight instructor in AT-10s and B-25s at Turner Field in Albany GA. He then went to an operational unit for B-29s in Denver, CO. Click here for pictures and letters from Ed (a PDF)
1st. Lt.
Wife: Vera Benedick

Of Neffsville, PA.

Edward Henry Benedick
Bennett, John J.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
John J. Bennett
Bergman, Charles A.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Charles A. Bergman
Black, John A.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. Had Basic at Shaw Field.
John A. Black
Blume, Wilfred H.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He was in 498th Bomb Gp., 874th Bomb Sqdn.
Wilfred H. Blume
Bock, Richard F.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805384. He was in 46th Bomb Gp., 51st Bomb Sqdn.
2nd Lt.
of Ridgewood, N.J.

Richard F. bock
Bonneau, Urban J.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Urban J. Bonneau
Bonnett, Donald E.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. S/N: O-697764. He was in the 459th Bomb Gp. 159 Bomb Sqdn. On July 17, 1944, he was bombardier on a B-24 (S/N: 42-78281) on a mission on the Avignon Bridge, France. His plane’s left wing was hit by flak over the target. It burst into flame and the plane lifted upward. The crew bailed out, and some evaded capture. Bonnett was captured and made a P.O.W. (MACR #6755).
Indianapolis, IN.
Donald E. Bonnett
Bost, Louis L.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. S/N: O-544334. He was in the 9th A.F., 422nd Night Fighter Squadron P-61 Radar Operator, European Theater.
Highest rank: Major
Louis L. Bost
Boucher, Richard C. ‘Dick’
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. Gordon Bellah was his instructor. He had basic at Shaw and graduated from Spence Field. Later he had 31 missions with the 8th A. F. 445th Bomb Gp. from England over Germany. He also instructed at Tonapah, NV.
1st Lt.
Wife: Val Boucher

Of Irvine, CA.

Richard C. Boucher
Budde, Charles M.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Charles M. Budde
Burstein, Milton B.
Bush, William S.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
William S. Bush
Cameron, Charles J.
Was a Railroader prior to enlisting. He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. S/N: O-806618. He was with 15th Fighter Gp, 47th Fighter Sqdn.
of Chillicothe, OH.
Charles J. Cameron
Cargile, Dolan B.
Graduated Turner Field, S/N: O-805393. He was in the 5th A.F.
Capt.
Of Hope, Ark.
Cather, Robert M.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He was bombardier with the 484th Bomb Gp., 827th Bomb Sqdn. Medals: DFC, Air Medal, Commendation Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal and Distinguished Unit Citation Medal. He went on to Barksdale A.F.B., Shreveport, La., as a jet pilot.
Major
Born Feb. 22, 1921.

from IL.

See http://genealogytrails.com/
Robert Cather

Robert M. Cather
Chenet, James Hayden
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. S/N: O-806621. He was in the 392nd Bomb Gp, 578th Bomb Sqdn. On Nov. 13, 1943 on a mission to Bremmen, Germany, he was copilot on a B-24 Liberator (S/N: 42-7483) that was hit by flak and knocked out of formation, but they still dropped their bombs. They were then shot down by a fighter plane. The crew bailed out and he became a P.O.W. (MACR #1553)
2nd Lt.
Born Aug. 26, 1920

of Brooklyn, N.Y.

James H. Chenet
Chipman, James W.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
James W. Chipman
Christensen, Normal L.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron E at Douglas. He was in the 417th Bomb Gp, 674th Bomb Sqdn.
1st Lt.
New Jersey

Norman L. Christensen
Christie, Bob H.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field.
Of Walters, Oklahoma
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Bob H. Christie
Christofferson, Thomas G.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Thomas G. Christofferson
Church, George H.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
George H. Church
Cirincion, Marco E.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Marco E. Cirincion
Citrin, Irving
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Irving Citrin
Cockins, Richard A.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Richard A. Cockins
Cohen, Clarence E.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Clarence E. Cohen
Colahan, Kyran Arthur
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field, Graduated from Turner Field S/N: O-805401. He was in the 397th Bomb Gp, 596th Bomb Sqdn.
1st Lt.
of Philadelphia, PA.

Kyran Arthur Colahan
Cole, Harry Joseph
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. Graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805402. He was in the 388th Bomb Gp, 561st Bomb Sqdn. He was killed in a flying accident 1945-05-17 in England, per Steven Burris records.
1st Lt.
of Miami, FL.

Harry J. Cole
Coons, Arthur J.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
Arthur J. Coons
Craig, James C.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He became a navigator, S/N: O-698667, in 8th A.F., 36th Bomb Gp, 338th Bomb Sqdn. On Mar. 23, 1944, he was navigator of a B-17G (S/N: 42-31624) on a mission to Brunswick, Germany. The plane was hit by flak and friendly fighters gave it cover. The plane went down in a belly landing, and the crew, including Craig, became P.O.W.s in Dulag Luft Oberursel (MACR #3427)
2nd Lt.
Born Feb. 19, 1922

James C. Craig
Davis, Hubert G., Jr.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. S/N: O-806630. He was in the 78th Fighter Gp. 83rd Fighter Sqdn. and shot down at least enemy aircraft (see http://www.cieldegloire.com)
1st Lt.
New York City.

Hubert G. Davis, Jr.
Doan, Frederick G.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas. S/N: O-689139. He graduated with the Class of 43-12 (August 26, 1943) as a bombardier at Midland Field and then served with the 389th Bomb Group out of England followed by service with the 458th Bomb Group also flying its missions from England. See http://www.458bg.com/d-personnel
Lt.
Of New York state
Frederick G. Doan
Frederick G. Doan
Downey, John C.
He was in Squadron E at Douglas.
John C. Downey
East, Frank Dodd
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805416. He was in the 463rd Bomb Gp. 773rd Bomb Sqdn. On about his 36th mission, on June 27, 1944, he was pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-97536) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Budapest. His plane was hit by flak, and he ordered the crew to bail out. He became a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 3. (MACR #6414). All crew survived but one of the crew died on the march of P.O.W.s from Nuremberg to Mooseburg, Germany.
1st Lt.
of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Frank Dodd East
Estok, Emil
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Emil Estok
Farrell, Edmund T.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Edmund T. Farrell
Firestone, David E.
He was in Squadron F and Rundlett and Cunningham were his instructors at Douglas. Click here for his bio (a PDF)
Of Mendon, Mich. and Port Arkansas, Texas.

For a picture of Firestone with Instructor Cunningham, click here.

David E. Firestone
Foley, Raymond L.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Raymond L. Foley
Gehring, John J.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron H
John J. Gehring
George, Robert
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron F. Rundlett was his instructor.
Robert George
Gloninger, John R., Jr.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. He graduated as a 2nd Lt. In 1943 he was flying P-39’s on patrol missions and was based in the Panama Canal Zone in the 16th Fighter Gp, 43rd Fighter Sqdn. On Oct. 11, 1943 he was killed in a mid air collision on an approach for a landing in Czechoslovakia.
2nd Lt.
of Pittsburgh, Pa.

John R. Gloninger, Jr.
Grabner, George J.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron H
George J. Grabner
Green, George W.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
George W. Green
Haley, Louis A.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He became a navigator and was in 458th Bomb Gp. 753rd Bomb Sqdn. and then transferred on 17 May 1944 to the 93rd Bomb Gp, per http://www.458bg.com/
2nd Lt.
Louis A. Haley
Hess, Harold T.
Holtmeier, Franklin
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Franklin Holtmeier
Hunter, Joseph “Jack” Johnson
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron G at Douglas. He was an Air Traffic Controller at Greenville, S. Caro.
Wife: Eleanor Hunter
Of Greenville, S.C.

He died about Oct. 1968.

Joseph Johnson Hunter
Inverne, Howard A.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Howard A. Inverne
Jennings, George Howard
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805477. He served in the S. Pacific in 20th A.F. (B-29) Bomb Gp. based on Tinian Island. He claims to have dropped the last bombs in WWII. He also flew in the Berlin Air Lift. Then flew some Radar Re-con missions over Russia and Vietnam. He retired after 25 years.
Lt. Col.
Wife: Wanda Jennings

Of Azel, TX.

George Howard Jennings
Jensen, George H.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. Had Basic at Shaw Field. S/N: O-806689. He was a B-24 co-pilot assigned to the 376th Bomb Group 513th Bomb Sqdn and was killed on takeoff of a B-24D (S/N: 41-11848) in Cornwall England on March 17, 1944. His crew was on their way back to the Mediterranean Theater after transporting some pilots to England. See http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/thurman_eugene_crew.html.
2nd Lt.
of Baltimore, MD.

George H. Jensen
Judson, Darrell Clark
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805483. He was in the 3rd Ferrying GP 60th FY (Ferry)
Lt.
Of Walled Lake, MI

Darrell Clark Judson
Kangles, Gustav / Gustave Anthony
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. He was in 500th Bomb Gp., 73rd Wing and 882nd Bomb Sqdn. per http://flgrube1.tripod.com/id309.html and http://www.scribd.com/
Lt.
of Walworth, WI.

Gustav A. Kangles
Kelly, Patrick T., Jr.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. P.T. Harris was his instructor. He had Basic at Shaw Field.
of Jersey City, N.J.
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Patrick T. Kelly, Jr.
Kennedy, James L.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
James L. Kennedy
Kielar, Anthony
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Anthony Kielar
Klinga, Uno
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. P.T. Harris was his Instructor. He had Basic at Sumter and Graduated from Turner, S/N: O-805491 June 30, 1943. He went to the South Pacific and flew B-25’s, for 70 missions. Click here for his letter and pictures.
1st Lt.
Wife: Florence Klinga

Of Seattle, Wash.

Uno Klinga
Kramer, John Francis
He was in Squadron F and P.T. Harris was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805495. He flew B-26s and was Commander of a base at Recife, Brazil. He was discharged in 1946.
of Northbrook, Ill.
Died March 18, 1991

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John Francis Kramer
Kruger, Charles J.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Charles J. Kruger
Krupa, Conrad T.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Conrad T. Krupa
Kutchera, Jack A.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field. He was in 500th Bomb Gp. 882nd Bomb Sqdn. On Feb. 19, 1945, he was co-pilot on a B-29 (S/N: 43-63494) with a crew of 11 in a mission on Tokyo. The plane was attacked by fighters and some of the crew bailed out. Kutchera was MIA but eventually declared killed in action (MACR #12250). Click here for more information.
1st Lt.
Wife: Irma A. Kutchera

Of Pewaukee, WI.

Buried with 8 other members of the crew at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Saint Louis, MO (See Find-A-Grave)

Jack A. Kutchera
Laedtke, Elmer Carl
He was in Squadron F and Jim Ritter was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805501 and was in the 91st Bomb Group 322 Bomb Sqdn. He made a career of the Air Force.
Colonel.
Wife: May Laedtke.

Of Fairfax, VA.

Elmer Carl Laedtke
Lahaie, Robert J.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Sumter. Graduated and flew B-24’s with the 7th A.F. out of Sidney, Australia.
of Quinnesse, MI.
Robert J. Lahaie
Lasanen, George
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
George Lasanen
Lee, Eugene C.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field.
of Butte, MT.
Eugene C. Lee
Letz, Fred E.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. Rundlett was his instructor. He became a navigator, S/N: O-699203. He was with 2nd Bomb Gp. 49th Bomb Sqdn. On May 26, 1944, he was navigator on a B-17G (S/N: 42-39999) on a mission on St. Etienne, France. The plane caught fire in the upper turret and Navigator Letz, along with the co-pilot, engineer and bombardier, bailed out. The rest of the crew stayed on board and the plane eventually landed safely. One chute was seen to open. One pilot chute was seen to be caught on the escape hatch of the plane. Letz survived the bailout, lived in Italy for about 5 months and returned to the U.S. (MACR #5831).
2nd Lt.
Wife: Maxine M. Letz

Of Bozeman, MT

Fred E. Letz
Lewis, William E.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
William E. Lewis
Lins, Richard Ward
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field where he washed out. He became a navigator and bombardier, S/N: O-700632. He was with the 459th Bomb Gp. 757th Squadron. He was captured after bailing out over Italy from a B-24G (S/N: 42-78191) on May 13, 1944 (MACR #4944). He was taken as a POW to Stalag Luft III at Sagan, marched from 1-27-45 to 4-4-45 to Nuremberg, then to Mooseburg 4-13-45 until liberated 4-29-45. He was liberated by Patton at Mooseburg. He escaped during the forced march near the Danube and rejoined POWs and Displaced Persons. He was discharged 12-13-45 in San Antonio Texas.
Born Feb 15, 1922
2nd Lt

Milton, PA

See http://www.459bg.org/

For a picture of Lins with Instructor Cunningham, click here.

Richard W. Lins
Little, Robert K.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Robert K. Little
Lloyd, Frank J.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Frank J. Lloyd
Logan, Thomas D.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Thomas D. Logan
Loveless, Gail C.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. He served in the 8th Fighter Gp. 35th Fighter Sqdn. in the S. Pacific flying P-38’s. After the war he became a pilot for United Airlines and was flying 747’s toward the end of his career. (Fighter Gp. and Fighter Sqdn. per USAF historical research agency site).
Capt.
Wife: Verna Loveless

Of Layton, UT.

Gail C. Loveless
Lozano, Henry, Jr.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Of Provo, UT
Henry Lozano, Jr.
Madden, Phillip F., Jr.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Phillip F. Madden, Jr.
Mason, Stephen F.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. S/N: O-551574. He was in the 9th A.F., 425th Night Fighter Sqdn in Europe (see http://aces.safarikovi.org/)
2nd Lt.
Stephen F. Mason
Matthias, William T.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
William T. Matthias
McGee, Kenneth A.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Kenneth A. McGee
McGowan, Eugene L.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas.
Eugene L. McGowan
McNabb, Harold V.
He was in Squadron F at Douglas. Was a navigator in B-24’s in the 458th Bomb Gp. 752nd Bomb Sqdn. Received the D.F.C. (see http://www.458bg.com/ for the source of info and his picture.)
Harold V. McNabb
Meiers, Donald J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. S/N: O-1692653. He was a radar operator in the 12th A.F. 415th Night Fighter Sqdn, per Steven Burris and Wikipedia, which suggests that Meiers helped give unidentified enemy flying objects (the equivalent of today’s UFOs) the name, “Foo fighters” after he read Bill Holman’s book, Smokey Stover.
2nd Lt.
Chicago, IL.

Donald J. Meiers
Meltzer, Monroe
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. S/N: O-696514 per Steve Burris. Meltzer became a bombardier in B-24’s in the 486th Bomb Gp (See photo from the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the International Plastic Modeler’s Society, Dec 2009 issue).
Monroe Meltzer
Morrisroe, Bart J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Bart J. Morrisroe
Mosier, Dewey Earnest
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He was stationed for a time at Adair Air Force Station in Corvallis and Chanute Field, Ill. He served as an enlisted liaison pilot in the 14th Air Force in China under the command of General Claire Chennault. Dewey received the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster after rescuing a downed P-38 pilot in interior China.
Oct. 15, 1920 – Aug. 2, 2007
See his obituary in the Corvallis Gazette-Times

Dewey E. Mosier
Nichols, Reginald J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Reginald J. Nichols
Niskanen, Sulo Emil
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Enlisted in Lawrence County, PA.
Born 1919.
Sulo Emil Niskanen
Olmstead, Edward J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He attended the Univ. Of Ga. prior to the Air Force. He had Basic at Shaw Field. He flew in England and was recalled for the Korean war.
1st Lt.
Wife: Pat Olmstead

Of Savannah, GA.

He died in 1974.

Edward J. Olmstead
Orme, Fenton J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Fenton J. Orme
Otis, Milo George
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and graduated at Turner, S/N: O-805522, and flew 25 missions in B-24’s in the 6th Photo Reconnaissance Gp, possibly 20th CMS(?) in the South Pacific. This was in a Recon Sqdn. taking combat pictures and mapping.
Capt.
Of Cleveland, Oh.

He died in Sept. 1985.

Milo George Otis
Ott, John Elmer (“Jack”)
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw and graduated from Tuner Field, S/N: O-805523. He flew B-24s in the 11th A.F. 404th Bomb Sqdn. (H) in the Aleutians and was among 291 pilots interned in Russia during the war. He was interned 25 Sept 1944.
Capt.
Wife: Sally Ott

Of York, PA.

John Elmer Ott
Owen, Charles B.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He had basic at Shaw Field.
Of Ogden, UT
Charles B. Owen
Pageau, Leo J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
SGT.
Born Feb 8 1917
Died Aug 8 2011.
Of Windham, CT.
Leo J. Pageau
Parker, William Clinton, Jr.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He graduated from Clemson, and had a career in Textiles and in Mortgage Banking.
Wife: Myrtle Parker
Of Hendersonville, N.C.

Born: Apr. 23, 1923.

Died in 1992.

William C. Parker, Jr.
Pearson, Fred C.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Fred C. Pearson
Pendergist, Roy Harold
He was in Squadron G and Kenneth Cornell was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field and Graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-805524. He was in the 381st Bomb Gp. 534th Bomb Sqdn. flying B-17s. He was pilot of a crew of 9 in a B-17G (S/N: 42-97174) while over Berlin on June 21, 1944, and was a P.O.W. for 313 days (MACR #5993). Afterward he was an Air Traffic Controller at Kansas City for 30 years and 9 months.
1st Lt.
Wife: Dorthea Pendergist

Of Independence, MO.

Click here for more information.

Roy Harold Pendergist
Powell, Thomas F., Jr.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. S/N: O-806725. He was in the 35th Fighter Gp. 40th Fighter Sqdn. flying P-47’s, per P-47 Thunderbolt At War by Hess, William N. He is credited with at least 2 enemy aircraft.
1st Lt.
Of Miami, FL

Thomas F. Powell, Jr.
Price, Wade H.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Wade H. Price
Prince, Claude
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Claude Prince
Radu, John
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
John Radu
Reavey, James
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
James Reavey
Redfield, Robert W.
He was in Squadron G and George Wydetic was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter and graduated from Napier Field. He went to Florida to learn fighters but was reassigned, with many others, to B-24’s. He had a chance to get back into fighters and did. He flew P-39’s, A-24’s, P-38’s, and P-47’s. He served in the Western Pacific, including Saipan. He went back into active duty in 1951, serving in air defence, flying F-86D, F-89D & J, F-102, and F101B in Alaska and Calif. He made the Air Force a career. He retired in Aug. 1973.
Lt. Col.
of Cloquet, Minn.

Robert W. Redfield
Robertson, Sterling Joel
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. 344th Bomb Gp. 497th Bomb Sqdn. He flew B-26 Martin Marauders in 67 combat missions over Holland, Belgium and France. See http://www.b26.com/ and his obit at http://articles.baltimoresun.com
1st Lt.
Carroll County, WV, and MD.

Died Nov. 11, 2008 age 91

Sterling J. Robertson
Rogers, Lyman E.
He was in Squadron G, and Ashley Dupraw was his instructor at Douglas.
Lyman E. Rogers
Rogers, Samuel S.
He was in Squadron G, and Ashley Dupraw was his instructor at Douglas.
Samuel S. Rogers
Rosenstein, Joseph D.
He was in Squadron G, and Ashley Dupraw was his instructor at Douglas.
Joseph D. Rosenstein
Ross, Joseph F.
He was in Squadron G and Ashley Dupraw was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter Field and graduated from Marianna Army Air Field in FL. was trained for P-47’s. Soon was transferred to B-24’s and went to England in the 487th Bomb Gp. 839th Bomb Sqdn. He had 33 missions in B-24’s and 16 in B-17’s. He was shot down but got back to England. Later flew in the Berlin Airlift. He went to work for Pan American Airlines in 1950.
Capt.
Wife: Paranee Ross.

Of San Jose, Cal.

Read his very interesting bio and see his picture here (PDF).

Joseph F. Ross
Roth, David Roy
He was in Squadron G, and Ashley Dupraw was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated as a bombardier with the Class of 43-15 (November 13, 1943) at Midland Field (Texas), S/N: O-695376. He was in the 485th Bomb Gp. 829th Bomb Sqdn. On June 9, 1944, he was bombardier on a B-24H (S/N: 41-28782) on a mission from Venosa, Italy to Munich, Germany. The plane was shot down; he was injured and became a P.O.W. (MACR #6042).
Wife: Mildred L. Roth
North Manchester, Indiana

David R. Roth
David R. Roth
Salem, Joe J., Sr.
He was in Squadron G and Dupraw was his flight Instructor at Douglas. He made Capt. and was an assistant Sqdn. Commander.
Capt.
Wife: Christine Salem

Of Corpus Christy

Samson, Jack R.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Sanderson, Eugene E.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. S/N: O-808742. He was in the 371st Fighter Gp., 405th Fighter Sqdn. On Apri. 12, 1944 he was killed in a flying accident in England while flying a P-47 (S/N: 42-75252).
2nd Lt.
Dade, Florida

Eugene E. Sanderson
Scalone, Robert S.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
SSGT
Born Jun. 30, 1922 New York
Died: Jul. 30, 2010.
Buried Florida National Cemetery.
See FindaGrave
Robert S. Scalone
Schachter, Bernard Z.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He became a bombardier (S/N: O-766244) with the 447th Bomb Gp.
Bernard Z. Schachter
Schiers, Wallace L.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. James Annin was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Napier Field, S/N: O-806528. He flew 107 missions in the C.B.I. (China-Burma-India) Theatre. He went into the Reserves and was recalled for the Korean War, and spent 21 more months on active duty. He flew P-29’s and KC-97 refueling planes.
Major
Of Las Vegas, Nev.

Wallace L. Schiers
Scully, William A.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
William A. Scully
Sheedy, Gale H.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
CPL
Born 1918
Died 1997
Buried Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
See FindAGrave
Gale H. Sheedy
Sherlock, Frank J.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas.
Frank J. Sherlock
Sherwin, John C.
He was in Squadron G at Douglas. He became a navigator in the 457th Bomb Group in the European Theater.
Lt.
John C. Sherwin
Shick, Jess R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. He was attached to the 3rd. Combat Cargo in the China Burma India theatre. He flew countless hours over the “Hump” in C-47s.
Capt.
Jess R. Shick
Shoemaker, William C.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-827305. He was Co-pilot on a B-17 (s/n 43-38133) from the 305th Bomb Group, 364th Bomb Sqdn that collided in a heavy overcast in Thurleigh, England (Station 111) after returning from the October 22, 1944 mission to Hanover, Germany. Both crews were KIA (18 men). See https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4267652141/in/photostream/
2nd Lt.
He is buried in Park Cemetery in Canton, PA
William C. Shoemaker
Shute, Alden H.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. He served 23 years in the Air Force in both World War II and Korea.
Capt.
Born 1916 in New York
Died May 17, 2006
Buried in Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, FL
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Alden H. Shute
Shutts, Gordon D.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. He became a navigator (S/N: O-698153) with the 15 A.F., 464th Bomb Gp. 779th Bomb Sqdn. On Aug. 22, 1944, he was navigator on a B-24J (S/N: 42-50920) on a mission to Koreneuberg, Austria. Thirty seconds before “bombs away” his ship was hit by flak but salvoed its bombs. It dropped to 15,000 feet and leveled off. The pilot called for fighter protection. It was probably then hit by fighters and it blew up, blowing out some of the crew. It was reported by a German that Shutts body was found in the wreckage of the plane. (MACR #8106)
1st Lt.
Waukegan, IL.

Gordon D. Shutts
Sirlouis, James R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-806534. He was in the 443rd Troup Carrier Group, 315th Troup Carrier Sqdn. On Feb. 18, 1944, he was co-pilot of a C-47A (S/N: 42-100693) on a food drop mission to Lawang, Indonesia from Sookerating Airfield, India. The plane crashed and 6 of the 8 crew members were killed, including Sirlouis (MACR #11973).
2nd Lt.
Washington, DC

James R. Sirlouis
Smith, Larry W.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Larry W. Smith
Smith, Lee R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Lee R. Smith
Snyder, Wayne H.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Wayne H. Snyder
Soto, Oscar C.
He was in Squadron H and Bob Lape was one of his instructors at Douglas. He graduated from Napier, S/N: O-806539. He started out in AT-6’s for fighter training. Then was switched to C-47’s when there were too many fighter pilots. He was in the 6th Ferrying GP, 52nd FY. He delivered aircraft to bases all over the world and flew the “Hump” many times. Afterward he flew G. I. students for 15 years. Then was an Executive Pilot for 9 years.
Capt.
Wife: Irma Soto

Of Nogales, AZ.

Oscar C. Soto
Sparks, Marion J.
Speed, George A.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-806162.
George A. Speed
Stahl, George R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
George R. Stahl
Stephenson, Robert
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-806545
Robert Stephenson
Stevenson, Jack V.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Jack V. Stevenson
Storey, Harold D.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-806006. He was with 392nd Bomb Gp. 577th Bomb Sqdn. On Mar. 18, 1944, he was co-pilot on a B-24H (S/N: 41-29174) on a mission to Friedrichshafen, Germany. The plane collided with another B-24 before reaching the target and all but one of the crew members on both planes were killed (MACR #3320).
2nd Lt.
PA

KIA Mar. 18, 1944

Harold D. Storey
Stout, William M., Jr.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
William M. Stout, Jr.
Sullivan, John R., Jr.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
John R. Sullivan, Jr.
Sullivan, LeRoy R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-806168. He was in the 9th A.F., 575th Bomb Squadron, 391st Bomb Group (M). He was given the D.F.C. posthumously for a mission in a B-26 Medium Bomber participating in a bombing mission on 7 June 1944. See http://militarytimes.com/. His B-26 (S/N: 42-95848) was hit by flak, fell out of formation under control, 4 chutes appeared before it went out of control and crashed in a field N of Brouze. 2 survivors. See http://www3.uakron.edu/.
2nd Lt.
St. Paul, MN

KIA June 7, 1944

LeRoy R. Sullivan
Superak, William S.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
William S. Superak
Sussholz, Leonard B.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. He became a navigator (S/N: O-692080) with the 452nd Bomb Gp. 729th Bomb Sqdn.
Leonard B. Sussholz
Swank, David L., Jr.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
David L. Swank, Jr.
Thomas, William R.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
William R. Thomas
Thompson, Earl
Sam Topous was his Instructor. He had Basic at Gunter Field and graduated from Napier. Earl was in single engine Advanced school, but as they graduated the whole class was assigned to the 403rd Troop Carrier Group, 63rd Sqdn. 13th Air Force. They were based at Pekoa Air Field in the New Hebrides for many months. Earl flew 110 missions. He was discharged in Nov.1945. About 1950 he became interested in helicopters and made his career flying them.
Earl Thompson
Thompson, Harriman C.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. S/N: O-812508. He was with the 354th Fighter Gp.356th FS
1st Lt.
Harriman C. Thompson
Thompson, Harvey I.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Harvey I. Thompson
Thompson, John M.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
John M. Thompson
Townsend, William H.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
William H. Townsend
Tyndall, Lawrence B.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Lawrence B. Tyndall
Varner, Ben H.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Ben H. Varner
Waller, Frank A.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas. He became a bombardier (S/N: O-749869) in B-26’s with the 394th Bomb Gp. 587th Bomb Sqdn. (see http://www.b-26mhs.org/ final_flight/final_flight.html and http://www.ww2buddies.com)
Lt. Col
Ironton, Ohio

Died 17-Aug-2011 in Calif.

Frank A. Waller
West, Marcus C. (“Mark”)
He was in Squadron H, and Eugene Gillespie was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter and Advanced at Napier Field. He went into Multi-engine C-47’s and B-25’s. Later went to Pensacola for Navy training. He was eligible to wear both A.A.F. & Navy Wings. He flew PBY’s in the mid Pacific for search and rescue. He flew hundreds of missions in C-54’s in the Berlin Air Lift in 1949. He flew search and rescue missions in the Korean War, flying SA-16’s (HU-16 Albatross). He stayed in the Air Force, with a short exception, until he was Chief of Plans for all Air Force Reserve bases and facilities at the Pentagon. Next he was in Command of Close Air Support Group until he retired in 1971.
Col.
Wife: Gladys West

Of Yankeetown, Fla.

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

Marcus C. West
Westray, John W.
He was in Squadron H, and Eugene Gillespie was his instructor at Douglas.
John W. Westray
Wik, Nicholas A.
He was in Squadron H, and Eugene Gillespie was his instructor at Douglas. He was with the 92nd Bomb Gp. 325th Bomb Sqdn. and flew B-17’s.
Nicholas A. Wik
Winston, Arthur B.
He was in Squadron H, and Eugene Gillespie was his instructor at Douglas.
Arthur B. Winston
Woods, David H.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
David H. Woods
Yeager, Louis E.
He was in Basic at Gunter and Advanced at Napier Field. (S/N: O-806573). He served in Alabama and then went to Germany with the 36th Fighter Gp.53rd FS
Capt.
Wife: Francis Yeager

Of Highland, Cal.

Louis E. Yeager
Yoder, Richard A.
He was in Squadron H at Douglas.
Richard A. Yoder
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