Class 1945-C

(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers in May 1945)

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Squadron 1, Class of 1945-C

Squadron 2, Class of 1945-C

Squadron 5, Class of 1945-C

Ackermann, Raymond H. 
From what is probably his obituary in the Lincoln Journal Star: Web Edition Articles (NE) – Friday, June 4, 2010: "Burial will be in the Sutton Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Argonne Post #61, Sutton."
of Sutton, Neb
Died June 2, 2010, age 88, in Henderson, NE.

Adams, Carl H. 
He had basic at Gunter Field, Montgomery, Alabama
 

Adams, Wallace Eugene 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier, AL as F.O. T-69793.
Rosalia Adams, wife.
Of Jenkintown, PA

Almes, Robert Marlin 
Michael Sullivan was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter in AT-6’s. He graduated from Napier Field, S/N: O-842657. He served WWII in the U.S.A. He flew P-51’s, F-86’s, P-102’s, P-104’s and B-25’s. After 24 years he retired as a LTC. Then flew some charter for Piper Aircraft in Kansas City, MO.
Helen Almes, wife

Of Dallas Texas

Anderson, Earl W. 
 
 

Anderson, Norman L. 
 
 

Ansley, Walter Steele 
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: T-69794
St Louis, Miss.
b. Jul. 11, 1922 d. Jan. 14, 2005 per FindAGrave

Austin, Eual Jasper 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL. Graduated Napier, AL. S/N: O-842658.

From his obituary [Register-News (Mount Vernon, IL) – Monday, October 12, 2009]: "He retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years as a lieutenant colonel. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University in Sacramento."

of Elk Grove, Calif
Born in Wayne County on Dec. 21, 1920.
Married his wife Ingeborg in Berlin, Germany, on July 1, 1954.
Died Oct. 8, 2009, in South Sacramento, Calif.

Baird, Alan G. 
He had Basic at Macon, GA and Advanced at Turner Field, GA. He washed out 9 days prior to graduation. He became a gunner.
Marie Baird, wife

Of St. Cloud, FL

Barnwell, William A. 
Tom Stubbs was his Instructor. He had Basic at Macon and graduated from Turner Field, GA. He flew B-25’s in the 5th Air Force. Then he flew jets in Korea. He retired as a Captain in 1965.
Dearborn, Mich

Beach, Frank Warren Jr. 
 
 

Beiderwell, Lloyd A. 
 
Born: Apr. 26, 1917, Gage, Oklahoma. Died Feb. 7, 2002, Visalia, California. See FindaGrave

Bell, Irbin H. Jr. 
 
 

Belrose, Albert L. 
 
 

Bentsen, Arthur R. 
 
 

Benzenberg, Kay E. (middle name probably Edward, per census)
Enlisted 21 Sep 1943. Released 23 Feb 1946, per Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line].
Probably born 1921 in New York, per 1940 census. Was living in Teaneck Township, Bergen, NJ in 1940.

Berry, Kenneth W. 
 
 

Berthiaume, Edward J. Jr. 
On Feb 15, 1945, while at advanced training, he was involved in a landing accident in a AT-6 (42-85488) at Cochran Field, Macon, Ga.
 

Besett, Bob
He was a Student Officer (1st Lt.) at Douglas. He graduated from Napier. S/N: O-674112. He may have seen service in bombers in Europe.
Col.

of Sterling, OK.

Bighirjian, Charles H. 
 
 

Blackwell, Albert T. 
 
 

Blum, Alexander David 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL  S/N: T-69799.
Ansonio, CT

Boothe, Lawrence J. 
 
 

Bowen, Gerald F. 
 
 

Brandt, Charles Masimer 
Charles Lamb was his instructor. He graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842660. After the War he was an Air traffic Controller at Newark, N.J. 1st Lt.
Jeradine Brandt, wife

Of New Cumberland PA.

Brooks, James B. 
 
 

Brott, Elmer R. 
Joe Cotton and Walt Kuehner were his Instructors. He was in the last class and had a lot of delay. He was discharged Feb. 1, 1946 as a Private.
June Brott, wife

Of Clearwater, Fla.

Brown, Clarence 
 
 

Brown, John R. 
 
 

Brown, Lawrence J. 
 
 

Brown, Theodore Graham Jr. 
He graduated Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842662
 

Burrows, Richard G. 
 
 

Campain, Vearl J. 
 
 

Carroll, Philip David 
Graduated Napier Field, AL.   S/N: T-69805.

From his obituary [Star Democrat, The (Easton, MD) – Thursday, May 18, 2006]: "He served our country with the U.S. Air Force for 26 years."

Born Oct. 14, 1925, in Easton, MD
Died May 16, 2006, in Hurlock, MD

Carter, Robert V. 
 
 

Cobb, Les 
He graduated and was a multi-engine Flight Instructor.
 

Cole, Robert B. 
 
 

Cole, Robert Stanley 
Graduated Napier Field, AL  S/N: O-842666. Roommate of Crowl. He went into Single Engine.

From his obituary [Chicago Tribune (IL) – Sunday, May 11, 2008]: "was a resident of Park Ridge, Illinois for over 25 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force. He retired in 1984 as an Advertising Executive. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Georganne G. Cole… ."

Oak Park, IL
Died May 8, 2008, Age 85.

Cotton, George E. 
 
 

Craig, Joseph Gordon 
Frank Hoffstatter was his instructor. Graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: T-69812.
Freeport, NY

Crowl, William Thomas 
Earl Hansel was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter Fld, AL.  and graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-842670. The war was soon over, he stayed in the Reserve and made Capt.
Annie Jean Crowl, wife

Of Talent, Oregon

Cunningham, Robert Lyman 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Napier Fld, AL.   S/N:T-69813.
 

Daniel, Paul R. 
 
 

Davis, Jesse B. 
 
 

Day, Robert W. 
 
 

Dede, Arthur R. 
 
 

Derosier, Raymond F. 
 
 

Ehrgott, Frederick J. 
 
 

Elliot, William Prentice Jr. 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL.  Graduated Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842675
 

Fenner, Clarence S. 
 
 

Ferris, Edward Arnold 
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field,  AL. S/N: T-69917.  He continued to fly for pleasure until 1970.
Fisher, Arthur L. 
 
 

Florio, Mario Carmel 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: T-69818.  Roommate of Crowl, went into Single Engine.
New York City

French, Norris A. 
 
 

Fulton, Harold Glen 
Graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: T-69819
Indianapolis Indiana

Gifford, Everett E. 
 
 

Gillhem, James J. 
 
 

Godbey, Jack E. 
 
 

Goodfellow, Robert Gusav 
Charles Haaf was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-842678 flying AT-6’s. The war ended not long after he graduated and he was discharged while at Brooks Field, TX.
Dorothy Goodfellow, wife

Of Springfield, Ohio

Guadagnino, Samuel L. 
He washed out at Douglas. Sam still has a private pilot license and a Piper Archer airplane.
Betty Guadagnino, wife.
Of Webster, N.Y

Guest, Anthony M. 
 
 

Gurda, Frank B. 
 
 

Haitch, Richard W.
Student Officer: 2nd Lt.
 

Hale, Nathan Cecil  
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL.   S/N: O-842861.
Bluff City, VA

Hanisee, Herbert R.  
He became a navigator. Click here for his picture with his crew.
Of Vicksburg, Miss.
1919-1986

Hanks, Edward A.  
 
 

Heally, S.  
 
 

Heile, Francis X.  
 
 

Helgeson, Kurtis Raymond  
Kurtis graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69823. He was checked out on P-51’s and P-40’s and was based at Brooks Field, TX for a while.
Verna Helgeson, wife

Of Lake Mills, Iowa

Hellman, Abraham
Student Officer: 1st Lt.
 

Henderson, Hugh M.  
 
 

Herrmann, Ernest L.  
 
 

Hickey, Daniel W.  
 
 

Hill, Ernest John 
Earl Hester was his instructor. He graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/n: S/N: O-842688 and served in the U.S. and was discharged in 1945. He was then in the Reserve and left them as a 1st Lt.
Uvana Hill, wife

Of Earlville, IL.

Hill, Robert E.
Student Officer: 1st Lt.

From what is probably his obituary [Providence Journal (RI) – Friday, December 14, 2007]: "In 1950, he received a B.S. in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During WWII, he served as an officer in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the RISD faculty and practiced architecture for many years."

Born in Providence on June 7, 1918
Died December 5, 2007

Hogan, Edward C. 
 
 

Hopkins, Norman B. 
 
 

Hosmer, Frederick R. 
 
 

Houston, James T. 
 
 

Hughes, William R. Jr. 
 
 

Ingham, Richard S.
Student Officer: 1st Lt.

From what is probably his obituary [Modesto Bee, The (CA) – Saturday, August 24, 2002]: "Richard Stephen Ingham, 74, of Turlock. He worked for the Long Beach Shipyard from 1963-89. He belonged to Cortez Buddhist Church. He was a member of the Cortez Japanese American Citizens League and Cortez Shinwa Kai. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942-48, then in the Air Force from 1950-52."

April 16, 1928 — Aug. 22, 2002

wife, Chieko Ingham

Jacker, Walter A. 
 
 

Johnston, Douglas Lee 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Turner Field, GA where he flew B-25’s.  Then he went into Troop Carrier Command flying C-46’s.  About that time the war was over and he was discharged.
Springfield, VT

Jowers, Pleasant L. Jr. 
Gordon Bellah was his instructor at Douglas.  He graduated and was a Flight Instructor on single and multi-engine aircraft.  He was also rated for instrument flight.
Mary Jowers, wife

Of Wray, GA

Judy, Hurshel W. 
 
 

Karjanen, Edward 
S/N: O-842619
Lt.
Of East Templeton, MA

Kellogg, James E. 
 
 

Kelly, Bill M. 
 
 

King, John P.
Student Officer: 1st Lt. Red Copenhaver was his instructor. He washed out in Basic. Then took Bombardier training. He served in China, Burma and India theatre. He was released from service in October 1945.
Wife: Reba King

Of McAllen Texas

Kinzinger, Harold L.
Student Officer: 1st Lt.
 

Kipp, Clayton Elmer 
Earl Hansel was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter and graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69826.  He flew P-51’s. The war was over before he saw real action. S/N: T-69826
He was in Sqdn. 1 (see picture above)

Laura Kipp, wife

Of Edgely, ND

Kirishian, Thomas A. 
 
 

Kirstein, Carl E. 
Smallwood was his instructor at Douglas.
He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and did 2 tours of duty with the Army in Vietnam.

Kiser, Robert D. 
 
 

Knight, David D. 
 
 

Knippen, James Henry 
Jim had basic at Gunter and graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: T-69827.  The war was soon over and his service was all within the USA. 1st LT
Helen Knippen, wife

of Wheaton, IL

Koch, James S. 
 
 

Koepp, Harry J. 
Glenn Harrington was his instructor at Douglas. LTC on FindAGrave
Jun. 5, 1918-Jun. 29, 1993

Of Colorado Springs, CO

Krafjack, John William 
Cliff Barbarow was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-842688.  

Kramer, Daniel 
 
 

Kraska, Frank W. 
 
 

Kritner, Richard K. 
 
 

Kuhlman, William J. 
 
 

Lambert, William Carroll 
He had basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-842689.  He then instructed in AT-6’s at Montgomery and Gunter.  Then was based at Brooks Field at San Antonio for a time.  After the war he had a fixed base aircraft operation at Westfield IN. instructing and crop dusting. 1st LT
Fishers, IN

Lamson, Richard G. 
He made his solo flight at Douglas.  However, he washed out.  He was sent to Sioux Falls, SD as a Radio Operator and Mechanic on B-29’s. The war was over before he could be sent over seas
Virginia Lamson, wife

Of Springfield, VT.

Landsburg, Leonard X.
Student Officer: 1st Lt.
 

Langley, Paul W. 
 
 

Lawrence, Richard F.  
 
 

Lecours, John L. 
 
 

Lehner, Francis Edward  
Norman Page was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter Fld, AL. and graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-842691.

From his obituary [Saratogian, The (Saratoga Springs, NY) – Thursday, August 25, 2005]: "Mr. Lehner was a graduate of St. John’s University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1943. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a pilot until 1945. He then remained in the Army Reserve, retiring as a major in 1971. He was employed at the Hartford Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1993."

Brooklyn, NY.

Died Aug. 23, 2005, age 88

wife Dorothy Freely

Levesque, Richard Lester 
He changed his name to Lester R. Bishop. Graduated Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69828  
Yarmouth, Mass

Logan, Jean L. Jr.  
 
 

Lowe, Charles Adelbert  
 
 

Macdonald, John B.  
 
 

Macejka, Albert Paul  
He graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: T-69829.

His gravestone reads "Aviation Cadet." See FindAGrave.

Mckees Rocks, PA

Born Nov. 12, 1919
Died Jan. 15, 1979

MacNutt, Vincent E.  
 
 

Martin, Ray T.  
 
 

McBee, John H.  
 
 

McCahill, Robert Joseph  
Graduated Napier Fld, AL.    S/N: O-842694
New Britian, CT

McCauley, Bradford  
 
 

McChesney, Leonard D.  
 
 

McKenzie, Wesley M.  
He went to Montgomery, AL for basic and to Turner Fld, GA for advanced graduating in May 1945.  He was assigned there as an instructor for American, French and English cadets.  He was separated in Dec. 1945.
Gladys McKenzie, wife

Of LaGrange, GA

McNab, John W.
 
 

Mercer, Russell Stephen  
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69830. He stayed in the Air Force and made it his career.  He was into missiles in California.  After retiring as a major, he worked in maintenance at a Naval Air station. 
Bucksport, Maine

Militano, Vincent S. 
 
 

Miller, Darl Edwin  
Had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842697.
Butler, PA

Miller, George L.  
Had basic at Gunter Field, AL 
Memphis, TN.

Minicucci, David S.  
 
 

Monroe, John S.  
 
 

Moore, William Harold  
He had basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69831.  He was assigned to P-51’s but the war ended before he was able to be checked out in them.
Ella Moore, wife

Of Traverse City, MI

Morrell, Gerald L.  
 
 

Morris, Daniel A. Jr.  
 
 

Morris, William S.  
 
 

Mullen, John W.  
 
 

Murphy, Bates H.  
Graduated as a navigator at Selman Field, a navigator school located near Monroe, Louisiana on January 27, 1945, S/N: O-2082078.
2LT.

Murphy, Warren R. 
 
 

Myers, William Mansfield 
Karl Luebbers was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: O-842699
Studley, VA

Nakeshian, Albert Haig  "AL"
Carl Webbers was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842699. He served in the States only.
Ventnor, N.J.

Navarro, Raymond A.  
 
 

Neale, Malcolm D.  
 
 

Neugent, Lewis W.  
 
 

Nevel, Fred C.  
 
 

Noble, Paul Alonzo 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL. S/N: O-842700.
Toledo, OH

Oatman, Robert Paul 
James Smallwood was his instructor at Douglas.  He graduated from Napier Field, AL as a Flight Officer.  The war was over shortly after he graduated.
Shirley Oatman, wife

Of Marblehead, MA

Obitz, Herbert G. 
 
St. Austin, MN

O’Conner, Robert Charles 
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL    S/N: T-69834.

Otto, George Kenneth 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.   S/N: T-92835.
Detroit, MI. 

Outen, Bennie Leigh 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: T-69836

From his obituary [State, The (Columbia, SC) – Saturday, December 29, 2010]: After his service during WWII as an Army Air Corps pilot, Bennie went on earn a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina… He then accepted employment with CT Harris & Sons where he was a sales representative of Fisher Imaging Radiology Equipment. He retired after 25 years of service. Burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery."

Of Columbia SC
Born in Sumter, SC
Wife: Betty Roof Outen

Died December 26, 2010, age 86.

Padberg, George Bernard 
Glenn Harrington was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL.    S/N: T-69837.

Palmerio, Alfred V. 
 
 

Paral, Joseph A. 
 
 

Paul, William B. Jr. 
 
 

Pearlstein, Sidney A. 
 
 

Perry, Michael C. 
 
 

Pierce, John A. 
 
 

Pike, John W. 
 
 

Pirtle, Robert McKinney 
He was an enlisted pilot in the Army prior to signing up as a Cadet. Gordon Hellah was his instructor at Douglas. Robert graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: O-842727. The war was over before he was sent overseas. After the war he was in Research and Development of airborne equipment.
Helen Pirtle, wife

Of Kingston, MA

Pollock, Paul F. 
 
 

Powers, John J.  
 
 

Price, Elmer M.  
 
 

Purcell, Thomas E.  
 
 

Quinn, David W.  
 
 

Read, Frank W.  
 
 

Reed, Donald L.  
 
 

Reifsnyder, Robert Douglas  
Graduated from Napier Field, AL  S/N: O-842704.

2nd Lt. per FindAGrave

Reading, PA

Nov. 5, 1920-Nov. 14, 1994
Wife: Thelma M. Reifsnyder

Reipenbring, Richard L.  
 
 

Ress, Leonard B.  
 
 

Riley, Thomas F.  
 
 

Rosen, Joseph F. 
 
 

Sands, Thomas C.  
 
 

Scherer, Warren G.  
 
 

Schultz, John H.  
Merrill Nelson was his instructor. He graduated from Turner Field, GA where he flew B-25’s. He was sent to a base to make up a crew, but the Bomb was dropped on Japan. He was soon discharged.       2nd Lt.
Evelyn Schultz, wife

Of Park City, FL

Shealy, Wilson  
Tommy Stubbs was his Instructor at Douglas. He went to Basic at Gunter Field, AL. Graduated Napier Fld, AL. S/N:  S/N: O-842708.   He stayed in the reserves until 1951
Wife is Violet Shealy.

Sheppard, Kalin I.  
 
 

Shuster, Martin J.  
 
 

Slagle, Claude Thomas Jr.  
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.   S/N: T-69840. 

From his obituary [Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) – Thursday, September 15, 2011]: "He served in the United States military from 1941 until 1981 serving in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was shot down during the Korean Conflict in an 80 Spitfire and miraculously survived. The rest of his United States Military career was spent as a JAG officer. He was very passionate about jet fighters and Corvettes. …burial East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Governor John Sevier location, with full military honors."

Bristol, TN

Died September 11, 2011, Age 88.

Smaltz, Harold J.  
Frank Hoffstatter was his Instructor at Douglas. He went to Basic at Gunter Field, AL.
Weirton, W. Va

Smith, George Thomas 
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: T-69842

From what may be his obituary [Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) – Thursday, March 10, 2011]: "Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Sciotoville, Ohio. Died March 8, 2011. …Married Jan. 5, 1968, in Logansport, to Anna May Smith. George retired from Rockwell International and the U.S. Air Force, where he had served his country for 23 years. He was a member of VFW Post 3790 and American Legion Post 60."

Of Oxford, PA.

Smith, Harper M.  
 
 

Spears, Ernest Glen 
Graduated from Napier Fld, AL.   S/N: T-69856
West Somerset, KY.

Stearley, John Winter 
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: T-69856. 
Los Angeles, CA. 

Swofford, Herbert R. 
 
 

Tawney, Robert J.  
 
 

Thompson, Vernon B.  
 
 

Thomson, Alexander D. Sr.  
 
 

Thorson, Harley M.  
 
 

Thurn, Wayne Arthur  
He graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: O-842710
Buffalo, SD.

Tolbert, Milton L. Jr.  
 
 

Uhl, William E.  
 
 

Vogel, William Donald Jr.  
Gordon Bellah was his instructor.  He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Fld, AL.  S/N: O-842712
Indianapolis, Indiana

Walker, Robert H. 
 
 

Weaver, George Klein 
Graduated from Napier Field, AL.    S/N: O-842714
Easton, PA.

Weed, William J. Jr. 
 
 

Welty, Robert T. 
 
 

Whalen, Charles 
 
 

Wheaton, Ralph H. 
 
 

White, William F. 
 
 

Whitehead, Eugene E. 
 
 

Wormood, Frank A. 
 
 

Wurster, William G. 
 
 

Zajkowski, Henry P. 
 
 

Zelenuk, Paul 
 
 

Zoerb, Edward G. 
 
 

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