Class 1943-K

(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Dec. 5, 1943)

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Ambrose, Robert Lee
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant (CWO) and O.E. Pierce was his Instructor at Douglas. Graduated from Moody S/N: O-818083. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City then to 490th Bomber Group and the 851st Bomber Squadron. On June 22, 1944 he was co-pilot on a B-24 (S/N: 44-40464), which was hit by flak and exploded in the air near St. Pierre les Elbeuf, France (MACR #5936). He and others of his crew have a marker in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, Plot: I, 122, per Find-A-Grave.

2nd Lt.

From Mabelvale, Ark, in 1943.

Wife: Katherine L. Ambrose

Robert Lee Ambrose
Barrett, Richard Devins Jr.
Graduated from Moody S/N: O-818090. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City.
Newton Centre, Mass.
Richard Devins Barrett, Jr.
Blessington, Daniel James
He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818093. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was killed during the War in a non-battle incident in a B-24 at Wendover Field, Wendover, UT.
L.I., N.Y. or of St. Albans, N.Y.(6 ml. E. of Brooklyn).
Daniel James Blessington
Bowden, Adam Frank
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant (WO jg) at Douglas. S/N: O-818320. He is buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Plot: 13 0 613.
Lt. Col.
Dothan, Ala., then Albuquerque, NM

Born Mar. 30, 1923
Died Apr. 13, 2004

A. F. Bowden
Brady, John Edward
Graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818096. He went to 3rd A.F. 88th Bomb Group, Avon Park, Fla. On July 5, 1944, he was in a mission in a heavy bomber where he ended up being a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser). See http://aad.archives.gov/
2nd Lt.

Rochester, NY

John Edward Brady
Buchanan, Charles Malcolm “Buck”
Graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818099. Went to Pilot School at Sebring, Fla. He few B-17’s in the 91st Bomb Gp (See http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/misslist-31678.htm)
2nd Lt.

Roslindale, Mass.

Charles Malcolm Buchanan
Bussiere, Roger Ronald
Jimmy Hansen was his Instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Augusta. He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818104. He went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake City. He went into four engine bombers. He had 35 missions in England. He was awarded 2 DFCs and six Air Medals. Then stayed in the Reserve for a total of 44 years.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Montene Bussiere

Springfield, Mass.

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

Roger Ronald Bussiere
Caldwell, Samuel Maurice
J.B. Knox was his Instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Bush. Graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818105. He went to A.A.F. Pilot School at Sebring, Fla. He was at Boca Raton Army Air Field 15 July 1944.
2nd Lt.

Export, PA

Samuel Maurice Caldwell
Carper, Walter Edward
Cadet Officer: Wing Adjutant at Douglas. Was a 1st. Lt. in the 15th A.F., 82nd Fighter Group, 96th Fighter Squadron at Vincennes, Italy, which flew P-38’s. He was a witness in MACR #7042, where his squadron was attacked by at least 8 ME-109’s and he witnessed one of his fellow pilots getting shot down.
Capt.

New Oxford, PA

Walter Edward Carper
Carter, Millard F., Jr. “M.F”
He washed out at Douglas and went to Navigator and Bombardier School. He Served with the 8th A. F. 95th Bomb Grp. in England. He was in the Lead Crew and led the entire A.F. three times plus many smaller groups. He was discharged in 1946.
1st Lt.

Wife: Amelia Carter

Of Cordele, GA.

Millard F. Carter
Catanzaro, Bartholomew
Jim Cox was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody S/N: O-818106. He was a co-pilot with the 490th Bomb Group 851st Bomb Squadron based at RAF station at Eye, England. See http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/14635. He was discharged as a 1st Lt. Then went into the Reserves. He retired as a Lt. Col. with 24 years of Service. Then he was in Marine Engineering, making parts for submarines
LTC.

Wife: Marjorie Catanzaro

Of Warwick, R. I.

Died Apr. 3, 2012

Buried Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, Rhode Island

(see Find-A-Grave)

Claar, Robert George
O.E. Pierce was his Instructor at Douglas . He had Basic at Bush and graduated from Spence Field, S/N: O-818114. Went to 3rd A.F. 88th Bomb Group at Avon Park, Fla. Then he served as a co-pilot on the Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress, “Jeanne Rickey”, on 35 missions, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. See also http://forum.armyairforces.com/
Alum Bank, PA

Born Apr. 22, 1922,
Alum Bank, PA
Died Jan. 1, 2008
Colonial Park (Dauphin County), PA.
Buried Hummelstown Cemetery,
Dauphin County, PA. See Find-A-Grave

Robert George Claar
Cohen (Cohn), Herbert
Cadet Officer: Corporal at Douglas. He had Basic at Bush. Advanced at Moody, graduated S/N: O-818116. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City.
Los Angeles, CA
Herbert Cohen
Coons, Donald Valentine
He graduated arid went into P-47’s. Be was based at Andrews A.F.B. and also in Germany during the occupation. He was discharged as a Capt. but later joined the Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel. As a civilian he was with Con-Rail in their signal dept.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Shirli Coons,

Cresson, PA

He died in 1987.

Donald Valentine Coons
Crawford, Albert Emerson
He graduated from Moody, S/N: O- 818118. He went to the AAF Pilot School at Sebring, FL.

DuBois, PA
Albert Emerson Crawford
Crowner, Robert R.
Cadet Officer: Sergeant at Douglas and J.B. Knox was his instructor. He graduated from Napier S/N: O-816549.
Lakeland or Lakewood, OH
Robert R. Crowner
Cuddihee, James Edward
Cadet Officer: Corporal at Douglas. S/N: O-821635. He flew P-47’s. He was in the 358th Fighter Group, 366th Fighter Sqdn. On July 29, 1944, after dropping his bombs on a dive bombing mission, his plane (S/N: 42-8627) caught fire. He bailed out and landed in a tree 4 miles south of Tessy-Sur-Vire, France. He became a P.O.W. (MACR #8047)
2nd Lt.

Harrisville, NH

James Edware Cuddihee
DiSilvestro, M.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant at Douglas. Sherrill was his Instructor. He washed out in Advanced.
May have lived in Calif. in 1944.

Philadelphia, PA

M. DiSilvestro
Doebler, Reubin Isaac “Rube”
Cadet Officer: Corporal at Douglas. He went to a B-26 school and then on to Ireland, England and France. He was in the 9th A.F., 391st Bomb Group, 575th Bomb Sqdn. He flew 39 missions. Then he was with the 9th Engineering Sqdn. in Germany. After the war he was a photographer for a number of years.
Williamsport, PA
Reubin Isaac Doebler, Jr.
Dunkle, Lloyd
Student Officer: (WO jg) at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818084. He went to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was then in the 18th Bomber Squadron, 34th Bomber Group (Heavy). He was killed over St. Lo, France on July 24, 1944 and was buried in Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France, Plot F Row 18 Grave 14. Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.
Dothan, AL

of Westbury, L.I.

See http://www.abmc.gov

Lloyd Dunkle
Dunkleberger, Elden Lamont
Merrill Nelson was his Instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Bush Field, Augusta. He graduated from Napier Field, AL. He went to England and was in the 9th Air Force, 406th Group, 513th Sqdn. His squadron was the first armed with 4″ rockets for use against tanks. trains and shipping. He had 75 missions (25 missions as flight leader; 8 missions as squadron leader). He was credited with 3 ME 109’s and 2 probables. He received the Silver Star, D.F.C. and Air Medal with 14 clusters, plus others. Left the Air Force and worked for Lycoming until 1964.
1st Lt.

Wife: Martha Dunkleberger

Of Trout Run, PA. Previously of Williamsport, PA

Click here for his picture with his P-47.

Elden Lamont Dunkleberger
Earnest, Harold Walter
J.B. Knox was his Instructor at Douglas. Graduated from Moody S/N: O-818129. He went to Central Instructors School at Randolph.
Altoona, PA
Harold Walter Earnest
Eisaman, Chester McClurg, Jr. “Ike”
Cadet Officer: Lieutenant, Squadron Commander at Douglas, and Albert Cross was his Instructor. “Ike” had Basic at Augusta and graduated at Moody field, S/N: O-818130, graduating Dec. 5, 1943. He went into B-26’s, gaining instruction at Barksdale Field, Shreveport, LA. and flew with the 9th Air Force, 391st Bomb Group, 574th Sqdn. He completed 54 combat missions, including 16 lead missions. After the Bulge and getting battered by ME-109’s and FW-190’s, they sometimes flew A-26’s. He was discharged fall, 1945.
Wife: Marjorie Eisaman.Of Union City, Pa. and Meadville, PA

Born Oct. 12, 1922

Died July 13, 1993

Chester McClurg Eisaman, Jr.
Ferrell, Arthur Excell
He had Basic at Bush Field, Augusta, Ga. He was in the 353rd Fighter Gp, 350th Fighter Squadron and flew P-51’s.
Durham, NCSee his picture with his P-51 here: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk

Arthur Excell Ferrell
Fisher, John Prestley, Jr.
Cadet Officer: Corporal at Douglas. He had Basic at Bush. and graduated at Moody, S/N: O-818136. He went to the AAF Pilot School at Sebring, Fla. He was a pilot in the 330th Bomb Gp, 459th Bomb Sqdn.
Capt.
Wife: Anita Fisher
Of Towson and Baltimore, MD

John Prestley Fisher, Jr.
Freeman, Cecil Myron
He was in the 352nd Fighter Gp. and flew P-51’s and was based in England and then in Belgium. He stayed in the Reserve at Battle Creek, Mich. Then he took Business Administration at Western Michigan University. After several years working in various capacities, he went to Zweibrucken, Germany for 3 years as an army budget analyst, where he died in 1972 just as he was about to come back to the U.S.
Wife: Wénona Freeman
Middleville, MI

Died Nov. 28, 1972.

Cecil Myron Freeman
Galloway, Arthur Jay, Jr.
Binghamton, NY
Arthur Jay Galloway, Jr.
Gentile, John Frank
He has Basic at Bush Field and graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818139. He was assigned to the 2nd Air Force at Salt Lake City. Later he was flying bombers with the 453rd Bomb Gp, 732nd Bomb Sqdn. On June 29, 1944, he was shot down in a B-24H (S/N: 41-28619) by flak near Juvincourt France on his 9th mission. He and 3 others survived the crash. He was a prisoner of war and was released at the end of the war (MACR 6232). He returned to work for General Electric Co.
1st Lt.

Wife: Vera Gentile

Pittsfield, MA

He died in 1975.

John Frank Gentile
Gerber, Andrew A. “Andy”
He retired as a pilot for Pan American Airlines.
Baltic, OH
A. A. Gerber
Gilbert, Mervin Henry Jr.
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818141 and went to the Central Instructors School at Randolph Field, Texas.
Major

Wife: Florence Gilbert

Of York, Pa.

Mervin Henry Gilbert, Jr.
Gillespie, Perry Jefferson
Cadet Officer: Lieutenant, Group Adjutant at Douglas. Instructor Schlundt soloed him Jun 9, 1943. Perry Graduated Moody, S/N: O-818142. Completed his missions and returned.
Capt.

Colinsville, IL

Perry Jefferson Gillespie
Godfrey, F. W.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant at Douglas. He may be Francis W. Godfrey (S/N: O-508675) in the 404th Fighter Grp, 507th Fighter Sqdn, who was shot down in a P-47D (S/N: 42-25852) on Mar. 25, 1945 (See MACR #13336). Francis W. Godfrey has a marker in Los Angeles, CA in Glen Haven Memorial Park (see FindAGrave)
Los Angeles, CA
F. W. Godfrey
Grabovsky, Bruno Joseph
Truman Witt was his Instructor at Douglas. He flew P-39’s and P-40’s. He went to England to the 352nd Fighter Group in April 1944 and flew P-51’s. He had 300 combat hours and received the D.F.C., the Silver Star, and 7 Air Medals. He returned to the U.S. and flew in the Ferry Command, taking all kinds of fighters to various bases. He was discharged Jan. 1947 as Captain and joined the Air National Guard and went to school. He was hired as Air Technician Operations Officer for the 131st Fighter Sqdn at Barnes Airport, Westfield, MA in May 1949 and worked for the Guard until he retired in 1978. He had 7000 hours in conventional and jet fighters and retired as the oldest combat-ready fighter pilot in the U.S.A.F.
Col.

Of Agawam, Mass. Previously of Springfield, Mass.

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Bruno Joseph Grabovsky
Gurlitz, Samuel
He graduated in the bombardier class of 44-03 at Victorville, CA and became a bombardier [see Bombardier – A History (Volume 1),  ISBN: 1-56311-076-8].
Worcester, Mass.
Samuel Gurlitz
Hagerty, Frederick James
He had Basic at Bush Field, Augusta, GA and graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, Dec. 5, 1943, S/N: O-818146. He was sent to Pilot School on B-17s at Sebring, Fl. and became an aerial gunnery pilot at Tyndall Field, FL. He had 24 years of active duty with the U.S.A.F., including as an aircraft command of a C-124, retiring July 1, 1966.

Lt. Col.

Wife: Jane E. Hagerty

Originally of Altoona, PA, later Orlando, FL.

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Frederick James Hagerty
Hatch, Donald Evans
He had Basic at Augusta and graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA. He flew B-17’s in Italy. After the war he was in the Crop Dusting Business using helicopters. He retired in 1985.
1st Lt.

Wife: Dorothy Hatch

Of Waterloo, N.Y. and formerly Glasdell, NY.

Donald Evans Hatch
Havard, Thomas Jefferson
Cadet Officer: Wing Commander, and William Fritsche was his instructor at Douglas. S/N: O-819009. He was in the 92nd Bomb Gp, 325th Bomb Sqdn (H). On Sept 8, 1944, he was pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-107071) with a crew of 9 on a mission to Ludwigshaven. Twenty minutes before Target his no. 2 engine went out before he could feather it, and the engine caught on fire. Out of concernt that it would take some time to get the ball turret gunner out and get his chute on, he gave the order to bail out. The crew bailed out over France about 60 miles from the German border. He and the co-pilot managed to land the plane in a U.S. Fighter base in France (MACR #8596). He left the Air Force in 1947 as a Major. Afterward he worked for a major oil company for 10 years.
Major

Wife: Lois Havard

Lufkin, TX

Thomas Jefferson Havard
Hayes, Arthur LeRoy
He graduated from Marianna Air Field, FL. He served with the 58th Fighter Group in the Pacific. Had 72 missions during WWII. He was recalled for Korea. He left the Service in 1957 as a Major. Then he worked for the U.S. Government in Houston on space development.
Major

Wife: Betty Hayes

Of Sykesville PA.

Hayford, Elbert Daniel, Jr. “Bert”
He had Basic at Augusta. He graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818151. Went to the AAF Pilot School at Sebring, Fla. and became a B-17 instructor there. He spent 27 years in the Air Force, W.W.II, Korea and Vietnam. He then went into an Aircraft Charter Service.

Lt. Col.

Formerly of Farmingdale, ME, then of Coopers Mill, ME.

Elbert Daniel Hayford, Jr.
Hess, Selmer Warren
He graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, F.O. T-61832. He went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th replacement wing, at Salt Lake City.
Gettysburg, PA

He died in 1980.

Selmer Warren Hess
Higgins, John Maurice
Had Basic at Bush Field, Augusta, GA and graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, F.O. T-61853. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 492nd Bomb Gp, 859th Bomb Sqdn. On June 18, 1944, he was co-pilot on a B-24J (S/N: 44-40053) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Luneburg, Germany. The plane was hit by flak over Hamburg and lost 2 engines. Gas filled the plane and the crew bailed out. After 1-1/2 hours, Air Sea Rescue picked up 2 of the men. Eight of the men, including Higgins were killed. (MACR #8235)
Of Arlington, MA, then Medford, MA.

Wife: Vera M. Higgins

Died June 18, 1944 – see www.492ndbombgroup.com

John Maurice Higgins
Hitchcock, Mervin James
He had Basic at Bush Field, Augusta, Ga. Graduated Napier Field, S/N: O- 816864. He was in the 12th A.F., 57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Sqdn stationed in Corsica. On a dive bombing mission flying a P-47D (S/N: 42-75659) on May 25, 1944, he disappeared from the formation when heavy flak was encountered and the formation took evasive action. He was shot down and imprisoned in Dulag Luft (Stalag Luft 3) and then moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser.
2nd Lt.

Of Windsor, MA or Pittsfield, MA.

Missing Air Crew Report #5077.

Mervin James Hitchcock
Holmes, Henry Thomas, Jr.
Graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, and graduated F.O. T61833. He went to AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, Tenn. He may have gone into B-24s with the 392nd bomb group. See http://www.b24.net/

Georgetown, CT
Henry Thomas Holmesm, Jr.
Houtz, George Burton
He graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818155. He went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He may have gone into B-24s with the 392nd bomb group. See http://www.b24.net/

Williamsport, PA
George Burton Houtz
Husson, Melvin Ray
Cadet Officer: Corporal at Douglas. He had basic at Macon and graduated at Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818282. Then went to the AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, Tenn. Next he was a B-24 Instructor. Later was a B-29 Commander at McDill Field, Fla.
Born August 9, 1922, in York, PA.
Died March 21, 2011.

Wife: Anna Mae (Martin) Husson

Melvin Ray Husson
Jancewicz, Chester Charles
He graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818157. He was assigned to the AAF Pilot School at Moody. After the war he was a Commercial Artist.
Bellows Falls, VT
Chester Charles Jancewicz
Jenest, John Gordon
Aviation Cadet Training (PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, P-40), Pre-flight at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL, Primary at Douglas, GA, Basic at Cochran Field, Macon, GA, Advanced at Spencer Field, Moultrie, GA F.O. T-61698, later S/N: O-886984.

Click here for more information. Became a P-51 Pilot (362nd Fighter Sqdn, 357th Fighter Gp) at Leiston (Station F-373) Flew 28 combat missions in 105 hours. Citations: EAME Theatre Ribbon with 2 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 1 Cluster.

1st Lt.

Born: 2 June 1921 in Franklin, MA,
Death: 24 November 1987 in Springfield, MA.
Burial: U.S. Veterans Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

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John Gordon Jenest
Johnston, Harry Douglas
Graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818160. Went to 3rd A.F., 336th Bomb Group at Lake Charles, La. He flew 63 missions as a pilot on a B-26 Marauder with the First Tactical Air Force in the 320 Bomb Gp, 444 Bomb Sqdn. in France. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the European Theatre of Operations ribbon with six battle stars.
Lewiston, PA

Wife: Ralphetta A. (Simonetti) Johnston

Born Oct. 25, 1922
Died: March 2, 2001

Click here for his obituary.

Harry Douglas Johnston
Jones, James Horace
Graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818161. He went to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. On Apr. 24, 1944, he was in the B-24H  (S/N: #42-5111) Rupp Crew on its way to A.P.O. 3 Mi E of Epson, NH. He was killed in a flying accident.
2nd Lt.

Alum Bank, PA

James Horace
Keesey, John Stahl
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas. He flew P-51’s in Europe. While in the 368th Fighter Sqdn, his record in the air was Destroyed: 1, Probably Destroyed: 1, and Damaged: 4 (WWII-359th-Fighter-Group-History-II). He flew commercially later.

Pine Grove, PA
John Stahl Keesey
Kift, Craig Mackey
He went to Basic at Cochran Field, Macon and Advanced at Spence Field, Moultrie, GA. He served in the 14th Air Force in China. He flew P-40s, A-36s, B-24s and B-25s. He ferried P-51s to Kunming China. He flew 23 missions. He was discharged Dec. 1945. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania. He became a Veterinarian.
2nd Lt.

Wife: Jean Kift

Born: Oct. 8, 1921
Died: Aug. 6, 2002

Of Turbotville, Pa. and formerly of Muncy, PA

Click here for his letter.

Craig Mackey Kift
Kirkwood, Thomas Gale
He washed in Primary and then became a Navigator for the 8th Air Force, 392nd Bomb Group in England in W.W. II, where he navigated 30 flights in B-24s and returned to the U.S. Then was in the Reserve and and recalled for Korea. Then back into the Reserve. As a civilian he had a plumbing business.
Lt. Col.

DuBois, PA

See http://www.b24.net/ for his picture

Kistler, David Lee
He graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818286. Went to AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, Tenn. He was stationed at San Pancrazio, Italy with the 15th A.F., 376th Bomb Group, 514th Bomb Sqdn. He was copilot of a B-24G (S/N: 42-78190) with a crew of 11 on his first mission when it was shot down June 24, 1944 over the Ploesti Oil fields, Roumania. After dropping its bombs, the plane was hit by flak and developed a severe gas leak with 2 engines smoking. The crew bailed out near Turtucaia, Bulgaria. He was killed when his chute did not open. A funeral was held for him by a Roumanian priest with his crew members present. He was then buried somewhere in the vicinity of Rose’ Villa, Roumania. MACR #6765
2nd Lt.

Wife: Isabel Kistler

Of Shiremanstown, PA

David Lee Kistler
Knight, John Borroughs
Graduated Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818165. went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City.
New Haven, CT
John Borroughs Knight
Kunkle, Morris Edward
Cadet Officer: Sergeant at Douglas, and O’Rear Treadaway was his instructor. He had Basic at Cochran Field and graduated from Selma. He went into P-40 training but that was soon changed to C-47’ s. He served in the Troop Carrier Command in Europe and Africa. After the War he was as an Engineer for Western Electric Corp. He retired in 1985.
Rank 1st Lt.

Wife Ruth, she was a WASP.

Of Harrison City, PA. and Export, PA

Morris Edward Kunkle
Kwash, Russell Howard
He graduated either from Moody Field, S/N: O-820775, with class 44A. Or from Turner Field, S/N: O-820468, from which he was sent to Greenwood, Miss.) Unsure which one is correct. He flew in Europe during W.W.II. Probably flew B-24s with the 392nd bomb group. See http://www.b24.net/

Manchester, CT

He died about 1986.

Click here for a picture of him with his B-24 crew.

Russell Howard Kwash
Leaman, Richard Plean
He graduated from Spence Field, Moultrie, GA Dec. 5, 1943. He flew B-17’s out of England in the 100th Bomb Gp, 350th Sqdn. He returned to be an Architect.
Lancaster, PA

He died on Sept. 14, 1961.

Richard Plean Leaman
Leger, Robert Ernest
He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O-818170. He went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake city. He was a copilot on B-17s in the 388th Bomb Group 563rd Bomb Sqdn flying his missions from England from June 12 1944 to October 7 1944. See http://www.388bg.info/ for more info.

Fitchburg, MA
Robert Ernest Leger
Leppard, LLoyd Hans
He graduated from Spence Field, S/N: O-817052. Was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 15th A.F., 325 Fighter Gp 318 Fighter Sqdn flying P-51s. After 40 some missions, he was killed in action flying a P-51C (42-103932) on the Ploesti Oil Fields, when the plane developed engine trouble and he tried to land it on the Adriatic Sea. He landed the plane but hit his head on the console and died after getting into his life raft. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
2nd Lt.

Carlisle, PA

Died Aug 13, 1944
Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial,
Florence, Toscana, Italy

Lloyd Hans Leppard
Levesque, Jean Baptiste
He washed out in Basic at Cochran Field, Macon. He then went into school to be a Bombardier-Navigator. He served in Italy, flying 50 missions in B-24’s. After the war he became an Enviromental Engineer.
1st Lt.

Wife: Lorette Levesque

Of Rehoboth, Del. and Fall River, MA

Jean Baptiste Levesque
Lewis, Frank Theodore
Graduated Moody Field, S/N: O-818172. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City
Largo, FL
Frank Theodore Lewis
Logue, Joseph Patrick, Jr.
Tom Doran was his Instructor at Douglas.
Boston, MA
Joseph Patrick Logue, Jr.
Long, Elton B.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant (CWO) at Douglas. He may have been in the 404th Fighter Group (see http://www.winkton.net)

Springfield, IL
Elton B. Long
Lovett, Harry Howard
Copenhaber was his Instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas.
Lowder, Alton Kron
Charles Compton was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818176. He was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 301st Bomb Gp 32nd Bomb Squadron. He received the Air Medal.
LTC.

Wife: Margaret Lowder

Of Goodletsville, TN. formerly of Aberdeen, NC

Alton Kron Lowder
Lukas, Frank
Walt Hoffmann was his Instructor at Douglas.
Frank Lukas
MacMonagle, George Arthur
Hoffman was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody F.O. T61856. Went to 2nd A.F. in Salt Lake City. He was with the 401st Bomb Gp, 612th Bomb Sqdn, flying B-17’s for thirty missions over Europe. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with several oak leaf clusters. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Pima Air Museum (Arizona) (see http://www.legacy.com/ and http://www.401bg.org/ )

Melrose, MA
George Arthur MacMonagle
Madden, Thomas Joseph, Jr.
Cadet Officer: Sergeant at Douglas and Wayne North was his Instructor. He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818182. Went to 2nd A.F. in Salt Lake City. He was in the 452nd Bomb Gp., 729th Bomb Sqdn. On June 21, 1944, he was copilot in a B-17G (S/N: 42-38202) with a crew of 9 and 1 passenger on a secret bombing mission. It was hit by enemy aircraft and the crew bailed out near Swory, Poland. 7 of the crew made it out with the help of Polish Partisans and the fact that the Russian army was laying siege to the area. They made it out through Russia, but 3 were wounded, could not run away, were taken P.O.W.s, and were returned at the end of the War. Madden escaped through Russia and returned to duty. (MACR #10282)
2nd Lt.

Pittsburgh, PA

Thomas Joseph Madden, Jr.
Malinowski, Henry Paul
S/N: O-1692747. He was in the 310th Bomb Gp 380th Bomb Sqdn. He was Killed in Action on Apr. 4, 1945 when his B-25 (S/N: 43-27552) collided with another shortly after the break after the bomb run (MACR #13682).
1st Lt.

Westfield, MA

Born: Feb 2, 1923
Died: Apr 4, 1945

Henry Paul Malinowski
Marince, Paul Charles
Billy Burckhalter was his instructor. Paul graduated from Moody Field as F.O. T61839. He was sent to the AAF Pilot school at Sebring. Later he was with the 385th Bomb Grp and flew 30 missions. He received the DFC and 5 air medals. After the war he was an Art Director and Advertising Designer.
Capt.

Wife Irene Marince

Of Prescott, AZ. Originally of Morrisdale, PA

Click here for his bio (a PDF)

Paul Charles Marince
Marini, Joseph Peter
Hoffmann was his Instructor. He graduated at Moody, S/N: O-818290. and went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake City. He stayed in the Air Force for 21 years before retiring. Then he was in the Insurance Business.
Major

Wife: Margaret Marini

Born: 01/22/1917
Died: 03/26/2006

Springfield, MA

Joseph Peter Marini
Mattern, James Lawrence, Jr.
Walt Hoffman was his Instructor at Douglas. He was in the 078th Fighter Gp 082nd Fighter Sqdn flying P-47Ds.
James Lawrence Mattern
Mau, Robert William
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas, in Squadron C, and Snow White and Walt Huffmann were his Instructors. He had Basic at Cochran Field, Macon and graduated at Moody Field, Valdosta, GA, S/N: O-818291, and went to the 3rd A.F., 88th Bomb Group at Avon Park, Fla. to learn B-17’s. He was assigned to the 418th Bomber Sqdn, 100th Bomb Group based in Thorpe Abbot, England. He flew 34 missions over France, Germany, and other countries. He returned to the states and instructed in instrument flying. He was discharged in July 1945.
1st Lt.

Wife: Marion Mau

Of Overland Park, Kans. Previously of Chicago, IL.

Click here for his picture with his plane.

Click here for a group picture at Douglas.

Robert William Mau
McCrea, Donald Wright
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818179. He was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He had B-17 training at Ardmore Oklahoma. He was in 002nd Bomb Gp 429th Bomb Sqdn and flew 50 missions in B-17’s out of Italy. He was killed in an auto accident at 32 years of age.
Donald Wright McCrea
McElwain, James Jewell
Red Copenhaver was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818181. He was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He flew 34 missions before his discharge. He spent a short time in the Reserves.
2nd Lt.

Of Walkersville, MD. Previously of Bellwood, PA

Click here for his bio (a PDF)

James Jewell McElwain
McMullen, Donald Perry
“Snow” white was his 1st instructor and Mike Sewell was his 2nd instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Cochran Field and received his wings at Moody Field. He flew 33 missions with the 8th A.F. 381st Bomb Grp., 533rd Sqdn. in England. In 1948 he was called back into service and served until 1955, including Korea. Afterward he worked as a Designer for Ford Motor Co. in Mich. for 28-1/2 years. He remembered that his solo at Douglas was June 21, 1943 and exactly 1 year later he had flown 11 missions.
Wife: Roseanne McMullen

Of Lake City, FL. Originally of Stamford, CT

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

Donald Perry McMullen
Means, David Armand
Wayne North was his Instructor at Douglas. David washed out.
Meehan, John Linuo
Gayle Copenhaver was his Instructor at Dougals. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818187. Was assigned to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City, (or Smyrna A.F.B. TN.). John flew B-24s with the 392nd Bomb Gp., 576th Bomb Sqdn. On Sept. 11, 1944 he was pilot of a B-24H (S/N: 41-29131) with a crew of 9 on a mission to Hanover, Germany. The plane was hit, and the waist gunner bailed out thinking the plane was out of control. But Meehan brought the plane back safely(MACR #08847). He was discharged at end of the war.
Lt.

Wife: Mary Louise Meehan

Scranton, PA

He died Nov. 13, 1985.

John Linuo Meehan
Mentch, Carl Edwin
Billy Burckhalter was his flight Instructor at Douglas. He graduated and then instructed in Advanced in AT-6, P-40 and P-47’s. The P-47N was the long range one that was planned for going to Japan. Afterward he did a lot of flight instruction and charter. He continued to fly and logged over 6,000 hours.
1st Lt.

Wife: Margaret Mentch

Of Sarasota, FL., previously of Johnstown, PA

Carl Edwin Mentch
Mercier, James Henry
Walt Hoffmann was his Instructor. He was washed out. He very likely is the James H. Mercier who as a navigator bombardier was killed on Nov. 13, 1944 en route from Hunter Field, Savannah, Ga., to McMillan Field, California, when the plane in which he was traveling ran into heavy weather over the mountains in California, resulting in an ice condition which caused the plane to crash. Lt. Mercier was one of the several members of the crew instantly killed. See http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/obits/m3/mercier-james-h.txt
Died Nov. 13, 1944, Age 22
Mercier, Richard Francis
Mike Sewell was his Instructor. He was washed out.
Middleton, William John, II
Soloed by Paul Schlundt June 16, 1943. Graduated Moody, S/N: O-818293. Went to 2nd A.F., 18th Replacement Wing, at Salt Lake city.
Steelton, PA
William John Middleton, II
Miles, Thomas Richard
Chas. Compton was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818188. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City.
Harrison, NY
Thomas Richard Miles
Moats, Donald Wayne
Walter Miller was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out and became a Gunner. He was based in England and flew 48 missions over France and Germany. Afterward he attended the Ben Franklin School. Then went to work for the Marriott Corp. He was a C.P.A. in Norfolk.
S/Sgt.

wife: Vivian Moats

Of St. George, Utah. Previously of Waynesboro, PA

He died April 17, 1988.

Donald Wayne Moats
Mock, Howard Paul
Mong, George Clinton
George graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818190 and was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was trained in B-17s and sent to the 8th A.F., 709th Sqdn, 447th Bomb Group, Rattlesden Airfield, England. On his 11th mission, on Jul. 13, 1944, his plane was hit by flak and couldn’t keep up with the formation. ME-109s hit them and the waist gunners were badly wounded. Friendly aircraft drove off the ME-109s, but 3 engines were out and they were out of gas. The crew bailed out and three crew members were taken P.O.W.s. After many moves by the French underground, George evaded the enemy and linked up with the 3rd Army. He was taken to Paris in a jeep and then flown to England and then home. He was then assigned to B-29 training, but bases began to close and he was assigned to the Fifth Ferrying Group in Texas. From there he went to Brazil where he flew troops home to the U.S. from Africa on C-46’s. He was recalled for the Korean War. He spent 28 years in the Air Force. He retired in 1970.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Betty Mong

Of Warren, PA. and Sebastian, FL.

Born Oct. 6, 1923

Originally of Bradford, PA

Read his interesting bio here (a PDF).

Read an account by the pilot on his shot-down plane.
Missing Air Crew Report #6938.

Moran, Gerald Cannon
He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O- 818192. Went to Dodge City, Kansas. He flew co-pilot in William Stump’s crew of the 376th Bomb Grp, 514th Sqdn. flying B-24s out of North Africa. See http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/stump_william_crew.html
Amityville, NY
Gerald Cannon Moran
Moran, James Vincent
Billy Burkhalter was his instructor at Douglas. James graduated from Moody Field (S/N: O-818193) and later was assigned to the Dodge City, Kansas A.F.B. He served in the 15th A.F. 464th Bomb Grp. and was 1st pilot on B-24’s. He flew 24 missions out of Italy. On the last one on July 19, 1944, his plane was hit by flak and and fighters approx 20-30 minutes after leaving the target. The plane was badly damaged, and number 1 engine was feathered (MACR #6753). He landed in Switzerland and was interred until the war was over.
Retired from the Reserves at the rank of Major

Wife: Virginia Moran

Hazleton, PA

James Vincent Moran
Morris, Joseph Brooks
Charles Compton was his instructor. He was in the 9th A.F. 366th Fighter Group. He flew 72 Combat Missions in P-47’s, starting in England, then France and Belgium. He was shot down in Belgium on his 71st mission and made it back to France with the help of the Belgiums. He was awarded the DFC, Purple Heart, and Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters. He became a Minister in the Christian Missionary Alliance.
1st Lt.

Wife: Betty Morris

New Castle and Irvona, PA

Died April 28, 1994.

Click here for his bio, obit and picture (a PDF)

Joseph Brooks Morris
Moulton, Willis Bryant, II
Walt Hoffmann was his Instructor. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818295. and was sent to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He went overseas as a Co-Pilot on a B-17. He was shot down while over Germany and eventually declared K.I.A. Click here for more details.

1st Lt.

Wife: Martha Libby Moulton

Portland, ME

Willis Bryant Moulton, II
Mowrey, Paul Morgan
Graduated Moody Field, S/N: O-816194. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303 Bomb Group based in England and flew at least 33 missions in B-17s.
Paul Morgan Mowrey
Murray, James Gailey
Charles Compton was his Instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Macon and Advanced at Moody. Graduated 2nd Lt. S/N: O-818196. He flew B-17’s as co-pilot in the 8th A.F. 351st Bomb Group, 509th Bomb Sqdn, Polebrook, England. He flew 28 missions. He was discharged as a Capt. in June 1947.
Capt.

Wife: Petty Murray,

Bridgeville, PA then Pittsburg, PA

Click here for his bio (a PDF)

James Gailey Murray
Musick, Pascal B.
Student Officer: 2nd Lt. Tom Doran was his Instructor. On Jul. 3, 1943, he had a landing accident causing a ground loop in a PT-17 (S/N: 42-16504) while at Douglas. Pascal was washed out.
Myers, Leon Francis
Walter Miller was his instructor at Douglas. Leon graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818197. He was assigned to Boca Raton and then to A.T.C. Later was with the 8th A.F. 306th Bomb Grp. in France. After the war he took up Radar then Electronics. Then spent 36 1/2 years with Sears, in electronics. He retired in 1986.
Capt.

Hanover, PA

Click here for his bio (a PDF)

Leon Francis Myers
Myrick, John Edward
Cadet Officer: Sergeant at Douglas and Wayne North was his Instructor. He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-816296. and was assigned to the AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, Tenn. AFB.
Of Walnut, CA. and previously of Roanoke Rapids, NC
John Edward Myrick
Nation, Herbert E.
Wayne North was his Instructor at Douglas.
Malden, MA
Herbert E. Nation
Neral, James Richard
“Red” Copenhaver was his Instructor. Jim graduated from Spence Field and went to Troop Carrier in Texas. He volunteered for fighters but ended up in B-26’s in the 585th Bomb Group . He flew 49 missions in England. He stayed in the Reserve for 27 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He received the Air Medal, with eight oak leaf clusters, and the Legion d’Honneur Medal from France. Click here for his letter and picture with his B-26 (a PDF).

Lt. Col.

Wife: Lenore Neral

Of Point Pleasant, N.J., previously of Johnstown, PA

Click here for a picture of him in the Class Room at Douglas.

Link to his obituary.

James Richard Neral
Nichols, John Anthony
He washed out in Basic and then became a Flight Engineer. Later he was with the 5th Air Force in Taiwan, Japan and China as a Flight Engineer. He also flew over the Pacific atom bomb tests. As a civilian he worked with Industrial Air Systems
S/Sgt.

Wife: Marvel Nichols

Canton, Mass. formerly Boston, MA

John Anthony Nichols
Nye, Robert Emory
Student Officer: Corporal, and Copenhaver was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818201, and went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake City. He was in the 390th Bomb Gp 569th Bomb Sqdn. On Aug. 16, 1944 he was co-pilot of a B-17F (S/N: 42-29962) with a crew of 9 on a mission over Germany. Before bombs away, his plane was hit by flak. He was forced out of the cockpit by flames coming from the severed oxygen line. He bailed out. He was a P.O.W. in Luft-Stalag #7A located near Nurenburg, Germany (MACR #8455)
Harrisburg, PA

Click here for a picture of him in the Class Room at Douglas.

His missions can be found here.

He died June 29, 1993.

Robert Emory Nye
O’Connor, William Joseph “Joe”
Walt Hoffmann was his Instructor at Douglas. S/N: O-817084. He was reported as lost in action during the Battle of the Bulge (according to James R. Neral). It was probably while flying a Dakota at Market Garden, Sept. 17, 1944, as shown on plaque here at: http://www.ww2museums.com. He was probably in the 441st Troop Carrier Group 100th Troop Carrier Sqdn. (MACR #10254).

Red Bank, NJ

Click here for a group picture at Douglas.

Based on plaque:
WILLIAM J. O’CONNOR (CO-PILOT) – KIA
2nd LIEUTENANT
POINT PLEASANT, NEW JERSEY
BORN 27 AUGUST 1919

William Joseph O'Connor
Odom (Odem), Melville Warren
Walt Hoffmann was his Instructor. Washed out at Douglas. Was a Gunner and was lost during the Battle of the Bulge (according to James R. Neral).
Note: there was a Melville W. Odom who was a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-24 in the 446 Bomb Gp who was killed on Dec. 11, 1944 returning from a mission to Germany when his plane crashed in France (MACR #11330).
O’Leary, Daniel Rockwood
Mike Sewell was his Instructor at Douglas. He washed out. He may have become a SGT engineer on B-17s in the 303rd Bomb Grp, 359th Bomb Sqdn (see http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/203.pdf)
Orcutt, Charles Batcheldi
Paul Schlundt was his Instructor at Douglas. He washed out.
O’Shea, Gerald Francis
Charles Compton was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818202. He was sent to the AAF Pilot School at Sebring. Later was flying B-17’s. He flew at Tyndall Field, FL. On Sept. 3, 1944, he was asked to make a weather flight in a BT-13A. At 100 feet of altitude on the take off, his plane exploded. He lost his life.
2nd Lt.

Auburn, MA

Gerald Francis O'Shea
Overton, James Atkins Jr.
Burckhalter was his Instructor at Douglas. James washed out.
Palmeter, John Fletcher, Jr. “Jack”
Tom Doran was his Instructor. He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O-818204. He went to the 89th Troop Carrier Group, Austin, Texas. He was discharged at the end of the war.
Lt.

Wife: Ethel Palmeter

Clear Lake, IA.

Born Dec. 31, 1920
Died April 15, 1990

John Fletcher Palmeter, Jr.
Park, Thomas Lewis
Cadet Officer: Sergeant at Douglas. Graduated Moody, S/N: O-818205. Went to AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, TN.
Galeton, PA
Thomas Lewis Park
Parker, John William
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas. Graduated Moody, S/n: O-818207. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. May have gone into 303rd Bomb Group, 359 Bomb Squadron as Co-Pilot on B-17’s (see http://www.303rdbg.com/photo-gallery.html)

Shaker Hts, OH
John William Parker
Parkhurst, Raymond Irvin
KIA flying a P-47 (S/N: 42-76311). He was with the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group.

Died: June 22, 1944. A witness account stated that the squadron was jumped by 14 FW-190’s. His P-47 spun down and crashed, and no parachute was seen (MACR #6612).

Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

2nd Lt. S/N: O-817088.

Richmond, ME

Buried at: Plot D Row 10 Grave 14,
Brittany American Cemetery,
St. James, France.

Raymond Irvin Parkhurst
Paterick, William Jacob
Graduated Moody Field, S/N: O-818209. Went to AAF Pilot School at Smyrna, TN. He was with the 376th Bomb Gp, 513th Bomb Sqdn in San Pancrazio, Italy. He was the pilot of a crew of 10 on a B-24D (S/N: 42-72767, name Flame McGoon). He was shot down by flak on July 31, 1944, over Bor, Yugoslavia. Their mission that day was the oil storage dumps at Targoviste, Romania. The plane’s flight deck and pilot’s seat appeared to be blown off. The plane went down in wide circles and 3 chutes were seen. Paterick was one of those who survived. (MACR #7210)
Lilly, PA
William Jacob Paterick
Patterson, Fred Horace
Wayne North and Rundlett were his instructors at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818298. He was in the 8th A.F., 303rd Bomb Group (H), 358th Bomb Sqdn. He was co-pilot on a B-17G (S/N: 42-107002) on June 21, 1944 leaving from Molesworth England on a bombing mission to Berlin. Just after “bombs away” two aircraft broke formation and went down to the left. They were both hit by anti aircraft fire at the same time. Fred parachuted, was captured near Luebeck and made a P.O.W. (MACR #6536).
2nd Lt.

Panama City, FL

Fred Horace Patterson
Payne, Walter
Bill Burckhalter was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas and was sent to a Mechanics School at Greensburg, N. C.
Corp.

Wife: Fauleen Payne

Of Sebring, FL. Previously of Bethpage, L.I., N.Y.

Walter Payne
Pearson, Albin Otis
Graduated Moody Field, S/N: O-818211. Went to Dodge City A.F.B., Kansas. Probably went into 320th Bomb Gp, 442nd Sqdn. He is shown as a 2nd Lt. co-pilot (with pictures) of a B-26 at http://www.b26.com/ and his obituary confirms that he was a B-26 pilot. He flew 40 missions in Italy, France and Germany. Click here to see his obituary.
Worcester, MA

Died October 23, 2002

Albin Otis Pearson
Pennington, Walter H. Jr.
Student Officer: 2nd Lt. Tom Doran was his Instructor at Douglas. He was in the 353rd Fighter Grp, 351st Fighter Sqdn. flying P-51s out of England starting in Feb 1945. He damaged 2 Me109s on the ground in March 1945. See http://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs/
Lt.
From Atoka County, OK.
Born 1920
Pennoyer, James Elias, Jr.
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818213. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He went to the 8th A.F., 401st Bomb Gp, 613 Bomb Sqdn. On July 20, 1944, he was copilot on a B-17G (S/N: 41-55133) in a crew o 9 on a mission to Leipzig, Germany. On the return from the target, his plane was hit by flak; number 2 engine and fuselage were on fire. They stayed in formation for 10 minutes, with 2 chutes coming out. the plane then peeled off to the left and 2 more chutes came out. The plane made a wide 360-degree pattern losing altitude. The tail fell off and the plane crashed. Two of the crew were killed on the ground in a questionable way. Click here for more information.

York City, PA
James Elias Pennoyer, Jr.
Perry, Oliver Caton
Cadet Officer: Group Commander at Douglas and O.C. Thompson was his instructor. He washed out in Advanced and became a Bombardier — Navigator. He was in the 8th A.F., 44th Bomb Grp. 506th Sqdn. in England. He was shot down on his 14th mission in July 1944 and was a P.O.W.
1st Lt.

Wife: Dorothy Perry

Somerset, MA

Oliver Caton Perry
Pflegl, Robert Allen
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818217. He was assigned to the 3rd A.F. at Drew Field, Tampa, FL. Later he was flying B-17’s with the 15th A.F. 2nd Bomb Grp., 20th Sqdn. in Italy. He made a 32 year career with the Air Force, serving also in Korea and Vietnam.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Sandy Pflegl

Of Southport, FL. Previously of Catskill, NY

Born Mar. 8, 1923
Died Dec. 29, 2008

Robert Allen Pflegl
Pothier, Armand William
On June 20, 1944 he probably joined the 9th A.F., 323rd Bomb Group flying B-17’s in France. See http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

2nd Lt.

Worcester, MA

Died: Jan. 16, 1998

Armand William Pothier
Puchalski, Mathew Alexander
Sherrill was his instructor at Douglas. He left flight training in Advanced because of repeated air sickness. Later he was a Soil Scientist for the Federal Government.
Pawtucket, RI
Mathew Alexander Puchalski
Quiggle, Robert Durley
Sherrill was his instructor at Douglas. Basic at Cochran Field, Macon. Graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818219, and was sent to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 8th A.F., 303rd Bomb Gp, and flew 35 missions in B-17’s from England. Then in the Reserve and recalled for Korea. See http://www.303rdbg.com/

Capt.

Wife: Roxana Quiggle

Of Eustis, FL. Previously of Worcester, MA

Click here for a picture with his B-17 crew

Robert Durley Quiggle
Rawls, David L.
Student Officer: 2nd Lt. at Douglas and Tom Doran was his instructor. S/N: O-449008. During Basic Training on Aug 30, 1943, he had an accident in a BT-13A (S/N: 41-21201) out of Cochran Field, Macon, GA. It was a taxiing accident on the ground at GA Harris Field, Ft Valley, GA.

Later he was at Boca Raton AAFd Technical School.

Described as David L. Rawls, Jr. in the accident report.
Reinhardt, Joseph
He washed out at Douglas because of an eye problem and later became a Crew Chief on B-17’s and P-47’s. He was stationed at Dover, Del. when others from the class of 43K came through for training on P-47’s.
Wife: Frances Reinhardt

Denton Maryland

Ricardo, Benjamin “Rick”
Cadet Officer: Lieutenant, Squadron Commander at Douglas. Charles Sherrill was his Instructor. He graduated.
Scranton, PA
Benjamin Rick Ricardo
Robertson, Earl Gilbert
Wife: Judy

Roanoke, VA

Earl G. Robertson
Rogers, W. A.
Mundelein, IL

W. A. Rogers
Schaefer, Herbert Theodore
Soloed June 15, 1943. Paul Schlundt was his Instructor at Douglas. Graduated Moody Field, S/N: O-818224. Went to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City.
Buffalo, NY
Herbert Theodore Schaefer
Schellhorn, Vincent G.
Charles Sherrill was his Instructor at Douglas. He became a bombardier (see The Diamondbacks: The History of the 99th Bomb Group (H). Page 108.
Jackson Hts., NY
Vincent G. Schellhorn
Schneider, Mathias George “Matt”
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818225. He was married and then assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was with the 8th A.F. 096th Bomb Gp 337th Bomb Sqdn in England for 35 missions (2 of them, to Russia.) Back to Yuma then Marfa, TX. See The Snetterton Falcons, by Doherty, Robert E., & Ward, Geoffrey D., page 151.
1st Lt.

Wife: Lindsey “Lee” Schneider

Of Indianapolis, IN., Previously of Shaker Heights, OH

He died July 24, 1974 at 54 years of age.

Mathias George Schneider
Schomburg, James Carlton
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas, and O.C. Thompson was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Cochran Field, Macon and graduated in twin engine from Moody field, Valdosta Dec. 5, 1943. He served with the 8th A.F. 381st Bomb Gp, 532nd Bomb Sqdn, 1st Wing, 1st Division in England flying B-17’s. After 18 missions as co-pilot, he was promoted to 1st Lt. and completed another 16 missions as pilot.
1st Lt.

Wife: Jean Schomberg

Of Phoenix City Al. Previously Savannah, GA

Click here for his letter containing his bio (a PDF).

James Carlton Schomburg
Schultz, Warren Raymond
S/N: O-817111. He was with the 57th Fighter Gp 64th Fighter Sqdn. On Nov. 10, 1944, he was pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt (S/N: 42-29067) on a mission out of Grosseto, Italy. His plane was hit by flak and began smoking. He crash landed his plane in a field in Italy and was taken prisoner. He was a POW at Luft-Stalag #3 located near Sagan, Germany and Luft-Stalag #7A located near Nurenburg, Germany (MACR #9710).
Glendale, L.I., NY
Warren Raymond Schultz
Segman, Bernard
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818229. He went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake City. Then went into B-17’s in the 381st Bomb Gp, 532nd Bomb Sqdn. On June 21, 1944, he was the copilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-31980) of a crew of 9 flying in a mission from Ridgewell, England to Berlin on a daylight raid when his plane was hit by enemy aircraft. A rocket hit the oxygen tanks and fire broke out. His plane dropped back and was attacked by 4 ME-410s. His plane crashed at Prenzlau. Two were killed and 6 captured with 5 wounded. He was captured and was a P.O.W. He was discharged at the end of the war (MACR 5990).
2nd Lt.

Tottenville, Staten Island, NY

Bernard Segman
Shaw, Robert Daniel, Jr.
He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O-818306. He went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing, at Salt Lake City. He and one other were killed Apr. 24, 1944 near Kearney air base, Bertrand, Neb. in the crash of a B-17.
Six other crewmen parachuted to safety.
2nd Lt.

Vicksburg, Miss.

Robert Daniel Shaw, Jr.
Sherwood, Richard Pierce
Sam Snow was his Instructor at Douglas. He had basic at Macon. He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O-818307. His first assignment was to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was one of 3 survivors of a B-17 crash in March 1943 on a cross-country flight.
2nd Lt.

Wife: Barbara Sherwood

Of Berea, Ohio. Previously of Lakewood, OH.

Richard Pierce Sherwood
Sinclair, Gordon MacGreger
He was in the 441st Troop Carrier Group, 302nd Troop Carrier Squadron
2nd Lt.

Long Island City, NY

Gordon M. Sinclair
Smelser, Charles Harold, Jr.
He graduated at Moody Field, S/N: O-818231. Went to the AAF Pilot School at Sebring, Fla. He was with the 8th Air Force 490th Bomb Gp 848th Bomb Sqdn and flew 35 bombing missions from England in B-17’s. He received the D.F.C. and Air Medal with 5 Clusters. He became a Member of the Maryland Senate for several years. See wikipedia.

Wife: Betty Smelser

Of Union Bridge, Md. Previously Uniontown, MD

July 4, 1920 – January 29, 2009

Click here for a picture of him in uniform.

Charles Harold Smelser, Jr.
Souther, Holmes Austin, Jr.
He went to Basic at Cochran Field, Macon and graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818232. He checked out on B-17’s at Hendricks Field. He had 50 missions out of Italy. Then he was a Staff Pilot at McDill A.F.B. Fla. He was re called for Korea. He retired in 1964. As a civilian he worked on the Apollo program. Click here for his bio (a PDF).

Major

Wife: Nita Souther

Of Satellite Beach, Fla. Previously of Lakeland, FL

Born 18 August 1923
Died 20 January 2007

Holmes Austin Souther, Jr.
Spangler, Harold Elmer “Hal”
He graduated from Moody Field as F.O. T61860. Was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He flew B-17’s with the 15th Air Force, 301st Bomb Group. Was stationed at Foggia, Italy. Group Squadron Lead pilot of B17s in WWII, 301st Bomb Group, and 419th Bomb Squadron, stationed in Italy. After a combat mission over occupied Europe, he was awarded the DFC. He flew C-45s and C-47s during the Korean War. He had a long military career. He retired in Sept. 1968. Then he flew Allegheny Commuter for 2 years.
Lt. Col. (Ret)

Wife: Gladys Spangler

Of Lancaster, Pa. Previously East Berlin, PA

Born Dec. 31, 1921
Died Oct. 28, 2004

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Harold Elmer Spangler
Spear, John MacKenzie
He graduated at Moody Field and went to the 2nd Air Force, 18th Replacement Wing at Salt Lake City. He went into B-17’s and was in 15th Air Force, 483rd Bomb Gp. in Italy. On his first mission, his plane was hit by flak and gasoline was leaking, but they returned safely. He flew Ploesti, Yugoslavia, Budapest, hitting railyards and factories. On Jul. 18, 1944, he was in a group of 28 planes and over 150 German planes attacked. The planes at the rear were taken out first. About the time they were coming after his plane, Allied fighters appeared and protected the formation. Only about 14 planes returned. He was discharged as a 1st Lt. shortly after the war was over. He received a Presidential Citation. Then he attended college and received an Engineering Degree.
1st Lt.

Wife: Vera Spear

Of Monroeville, Pa. Previously Erie, PA

Born Dec. 30, 1920

Click here to see a 20-minute video of him describing his experiences and service including his training at Douglas.

John MacKenzie Spear
Spinks, Heyward Claude
S/N: O-817122.
He was in the 357th Fighter Group. His plane, a P-51B7 S/N: 43-6935 “Hurry Home Honey” lost coolant after being hit by ground fire on June 20th, 1944 (MACR 5962). He crash landed his plane in a plowed field 12 miles NW of Meaux, France. He and the French burned his plane. He was taken to Senlis, France 17 km away on a bicycle by Roger Folliot and Jules Fossiez, members of the Resistance. He continued to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance and returned to England. After the war, Spinks went back twice to Senlis to meet and personally thank his rescuers.
2nd Lt.
Of LaGrange, GA
Born 10 July 1920
Died Age 69, Beaufort, SC.

Heyward Claude Spinks
Springer, Robert Allen
S/N: 14100176. On Sept 6, 1943, Bob was killed in a BT-13A (S/N: #41-11232) while at Cochran Field, Macon, Ga.
Chattanooga, TN
Robert Allen Springer
Stewart, Robert May, Jr.
Robert died/was killed Jan. 21, 1961 in Alaska. He and his wife and infant son are buried in the Stewart family cemetery, 10 miles NE of Brooksville, MS.
Brooksville, Miss.
Robert May Stewart, Jr.
Stokes, Arthur Jackson
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818309. He was then assigned to Moody Field. He made a career of the A.F. and retired as a Lt. Col. in 1964.

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Wife: Helen Stokes

Of Davidson, N.C. Previously of Charlotte, NC

Died on Nov. 19, 1993.

Arthur Jackson Stokes
Summa, Fred William, Jr.
Born 1922

Pittsburgh, PA. Later of Naples, FL.

Wife: probably Patricia S. Summa

Fred William Summa, Jr.
Surbaugh, William Russell Paul
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas and John Fraser was his Instructor. He graduated from Moody, S/N: O-818237. His first assignment was to Sebring, FL. He was in the 9th AF 31st Air Transport Gp, 326th Ferrying Sqdn in France as shown by an accident report where he had a forced landing due to engine failure – see www.aviationarchaeology.com.

Major

Wife: Bambi Surbaugh

Of Ft. Worth, TX. and previously of Baltimore, MD

Paul William Russell Surbaugh
Tolbert, Lester Charles
Cadet Officer: Lieutenant, Squadron Commander at Douglas. Started in 43I Delayed to 43K. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N:O-818243. He was assigned to stay at Moody.

Bloomington, ID
Lester Charles Tolbert
Trombly, Virgil Ellis
Student Officer: Corporal at Douglas and John Fraser was his instructor. He went to Turner Field, Albany, GA because he could speak French and he was supposedly going to teach French cadets. Instead, he graduated and served in the 8th A.F. 445th Bomb Group in England, flying B-24’s. After the war he was in sales, selling Caterpillar Tractors.
1st Lt.

Wife: Sonia Trombly

Of Norwood, N.Y.

Born West Chazy, NY. Oct. 3, 1919.

Click here to read his interesting bio (a PDF).

Virgil Ellis Trombley
Tuchalski, Mathew Baron
Underwood, William David “Dave”
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818244. 1st assignment was at Sebring, Fla. Later he had a tour with the Strategic Re-Con Wing (the SR-71 Blackbird outfit). Click here to read his detailed bio (a PDF)

Col.

Wife: Ann Underwood

Of Ft. Worth, TX.

Born Oct. 22 1921 at Chickasha, OK

William David Underwood
Vereen, Edward William
He did not continue flying in the Service. He spent his Service time at the Homestead A.F.B., Fla.
Camden, SC

He died in 1976.

Edward William Vereen
Voss, Gus C., Jr.
Karl Luebbers was his Instructor at Douglas. Gus graduated and flew single engine for a while. Then started Flying C-47’s in the Pacific. He stayed in the Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel. Then he worked as a Consulting Engineer until his death .
Lt. Col.

Wife: Marge Voss

Parkville, MD

Died in 1983

Gus C. Voss, Jr.
Watson, Henry Norris
He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818253. He was assigned to the pilot school at Sebring. As part of the 719th Bomb Sq (H), 449th bomb Gp in Italy, he was killed in a B-24 as part of a mission on Aug. 18, 1944 to the Ploesti oil fields. The ailerons were shot out of the left wing by flak over the target, leaving the plane out of control. The plane crash landed just short of the runway at Grottaglie, and five of the crew were killed. Click here for details.

1st Lt.

Muscadine, AL

Henry Norris Watson
Wells, W. G.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant (CWO) at Douglas.
Houston, TX
W. G. Wells
Wentz, Irvin Jacob
He graduated from Moody Field as a F.O. T61848. Was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. He was in the 99th Bomb Grp. 347th Bomb Sqdn. flying B-17’s. He was killed in action. He was shot down over Italy. On his 50th mission he was hit by “Friendly Fire”. After being hit hard, his squadron was trying to regroup when a gunner on a friendly plane came through and shot up the tail of Wentz’s plane. The plane pulled up into a stall and then went down into a dive. Two crew members jumped and survived.
Hanover, PA

Died Dec. 9, 1944

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Irvin Jacob Wentz
West, Samuel Preston
Cadet Officer: Wing Supply Officer at Douglas. He graduated at Moody, S/N: O-818313, and then he went to the 2nd A.F., 18th Replacement Wing, at Salt Lake City. Sam and his wife were killed in an auto accident about 1 mile from Lovell Field (Chattanooga airport). He had recently received his instrument rating and had been working for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Chattanooga, TN

Wife: Minnie Lee West

Died Oct. 31, 1977 when their car was hit from the rear by a drunk driver. His wife died sometime later from the accident.

Samuel Preston West
Winkler, William Sebastian
Graduated and was flying B-17’s in the 2nd Bomb Gp 429th Bomb Sqdn. He was Killed in Action while over Europe sometime before July 1944.
Baltimore, MD
William Sebastian Winkler
Winstead, Robert Webb
O.C.Thompscn was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, S/N: O-818244. He was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Salt lake City. Then he was a Co-Pilot on B-17’s with the 15th A.F. 99th Bomb Grp. 346th Sqdn. based at Foggia, Italy. He completed 50 missions. Later he had a career with the Reynolds Aluminum Co.
1st Lt.

Born Aug. 22, 1922

Wife: Lois Winstead

Of Richmond, VA. Previously of Wilson, NC.

Click here for his short bio and picture (PDF)

Robert Webb Winstead
Wisotsky, George H.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant at Douglas. He graduated from Moody, SN: O-1305151. Later was in the 8th Air Force, 34th Bomb Group, 18th Squadron, probably flying B-24s and B-17s.
Jamaica, NY in 1943 and later of Santa Monica, CA.
George H. Wisotsky
Wyatt, Jesse Ambrose
He was a Warrant Officer while at Douglas. O.C. Thompson was his instructor there. He graduated from Moody as a Flight Officer T-61851. He was assigned to Sebring, FL. Then he was with the 15th A.F., 460th Bomb Gp (H), 760th Bomb Sqdn (H). On Jul. 16, 1944, he was flying a B-24G (S/N: 42-78071) with a crew of 10 on a bombing mission from Spinezzola air Field, Italy to Wiener-Neudorfl, Austria. About three minutes before he reached the IP, he turned back and dropped down to about 18,000′. He disappeared into the clouds with all engines running and with 2 ME-109 fighters on his tail. According to surviving crew members, the plane went into a spin and he gave the bail out signal. Only 3 crew members survived.
Mother: Mrs. Eula Mae (Ambrose) Wyatt of Jackson, Miss.
Jesse Ambrose Wyatt
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