Douglas Class of 1943-D (Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers April 27, 1943)
|Araps, Sam||Joe Thalman was his instructor|
|Archibald, Russell||Joe Thalman was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas.|
|Band, William F. X.||
Joe Thalman was his Instructor at Douglas. S/N: O-802973. He became a Fighter Pilot with the Flying Tigers (16th Fighter Sq, 51 Fighter Group). Flew 102 missions. He flew P-40, P-51, B-25, C-47, F-86, T-28, etc. He was shot down 4 times. Post war he was with the F.B.I. until recalled for the Korean War, where he spent another 4 years. He wrote the interesting and entertaining book, Warriors Who Ride the Wind. Click here for more information and pictures.
Born: Orange, N. J.
Wife: Emily Band
|Barnes, Van Hook||Joe Thalman was his instructor.||
from Gainesville, FL.
|Barsditis, Edward A.||Joe Thalman and Lloyd Sager were his Instructors. He had Basic at Greenwood arid graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas S/N: O-802698. Later he was in the 15th Air Force, 5th Wing, 352 Bomb Group in Italy. On his 23rd Mission his B-17 was shot up and several of the crew were wounded. They had to bail out. He was a P.O.W. for 15 months. After the war he was with the Westinghouse Electric Co. in Pittsburgh.||
Wife: Willa Barsditis
Of Monroeville, Pa.
|Baxter, Robert E.|
|Beadling, James J., Jr.||He washed out at Douglas.|
|Beck, Andrew G., Jr.|
|Beck, Lewis J.|
|Beckett, John W., Jr.|
|Bell (first name unknown)|
|Bennett, Theodore Herbert||Bill Bright was his Instructor at Douglas. He broke both ear drums and was washed out and became a Navigator. He was in the 15th A. F. in Italy. After the war he was in the motion picture industry in Hollywood.||
Of Manasquan, N.J.
|Bennett, William J.||He washed out at Douglas.|
|Betters, Martin J.|
|Bitzer, Earl E.||Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Bomser, Phillip S.|
|Borland, William H.|
|Bradnan, Paul||From Galveston Daily News Texas 1943-09-12: A B-17 bomber was believed to have lost its position in a formation in the Gulf of Mexico during a routine training flight. In attempting to maneuver back it collided with another ship. One plane exploded and both sank immediately afterwards. All 22 crew members were killed.
Wife: Alexandria Bradnan
Click here for a group picture.
|Brady, Thomas J.||Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He went to London, England and was killed in a fall from a 10 foot brick wall 10 inches wide. He was trying to ride the length of the wall on a bicycle.|
|Breder, Richard F.||John Bassee was his principal instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenwood and graduated from Craig Field. After graduation he flew P-40’s & P-51’s. He was sent to China where he flew 30 missions with the 76th Fighter Sgdn. 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force. He was discharged as a Capt. in May 1946.||
Wife: Marion Breder
Of Miami, Fla.
|Bricker, S. C.|
|Brooks, Richard W.|
|Brumby, James R., III||He had Basic at Greenville and graduated from Napier Field. He became a Major in the A. F. in 1952 and was made a Lt. Col. in the Reserves. He became an Episcopal Priest.||
Wife: Vesta Brumby
Of Crawfordsville, FL.
|Bryan, John G.|
|Buck, Byron M.||Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Bundy, Lincoln D.||He graduated (S/N: O-804996) and was flying a P-51 B-10 in the 8th AF, 352nd Fighter Group, 486th Ftr Sqdn over Europe. He was shot down on June 10 1944 somewhere near La Mailleraye, France after he and his squadron had just strafed a group of trucks (MACR # 5552).|
|Burggraf, Daniel R.|
|Campbell, James H.|
|Carter, Donald D.|
|Chatlos, William J. "Bill"||In preflight he roomed with Richard Breder. After the war, Bill’s dad employed Richard in the residential development business. About 1969 Bill Chatlos committed suicide for reasons unknown. (from Richard Breder)||His home was in Northern New Jersey.|
|Church, William Troy "Troy"||
He was in the 48th Fighter Squadron, which flew P-38's. Volunteering to stay on after his 50 missions, he was lost on his 74th mission. Click here for more information.
of Ft. Pierce, FL.
|Clark, Allen C.|| Caeser Miles was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated and then flew fighters. He was also in the Korean war and in Vietnam. He flew 72 combat missions and won the D.F.C., Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and 10 combat stars. He also flew Air Force One from 1963 to 1968 (Lyndon Johnson's presidency). Afterward he was a tax collector in West Palm Beach.
of West Palm Beach, FL.
He died Sept. 6, 1991.
|Coleman, Paris R.|
|Cooper, Frank S.|
|Cortright, K. L.|
|Dahl, William J.|
|Darling, Donald L.|
|Dawes, William R., Jr.||Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|DeBoer, Victor W.|
|DeLuca, Carmel M.||Caeser Miles was his Instructor. He went to Basic at Greenville Army Air Base in Greenville, SC. He spun in on an approach, but survived it. He was unable to continue his flight training because of a steel plate in his head.||Carmel lived in Covington until his death in 1981.|
|Dollar, Donley A.||Washed out, probably at Douglas.|
|Drummond, Clair E.|
|DuPuy, Arthur N. Jr.|
|Dyer, Emerson L.||He was killed in action. No further information.|
|Eckert, Merton E.||Caeser Miles was his instructor. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He died about 1955.|
|Elker, Oswin H. "Moose"||
Caeser Miles was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville and graduated Craig Field near Selma, Ala. He went into P-40’s and was sent to India. Then to the 75th Fighter Sqdn., 23 Grp. 14th Air Force in China. He was shot down but walked out. Click here to read his entertaining letter (a PDF). See Moose and his P-40
Wife: Eddra Elker
Of Rochester, Mn.
|Erneston, Chris Jr.||
Caeser Miles was his Instructor. He is a friend of “Moose” Elker. He graduated with class 43-D at Randolph, then went to instrument school at Bryan, TX. and was in the Training Command. Click here for a photo.
Wife: Doris Erneston
Of West Palm Beach FL.
|Fabian, William E.|
|Finfinger, George E.|
|Gannon, William R.|
|Gardner, Grant||He was killed in action. No further information.|
|Gardner, Robert W.|
|Garfein, Ralph Lloyd||Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor.|
|Gaskins, Aubrey S.||Lloyd Treadaway was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenville and graduated at Craig Field. He went to the Central Instructors School at Randolph Field, and then to the Central Instructors Instrument School at Bryan, TX. Then he was an instructor of BT-13A's and AT-6's at the Courtland, Ala. Basic Flying School for 16 months. He volunteered for B-29’s and was in a replacement pool when the war ended. He later returned to active duty.||
Born: Dec. 3, 1921
Wife: Graham Gaskins
Of Virginia Beach, Va.
|Gedeon, Richard Joseph||Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor. He graduated from Craig Field||2nd Lt.|
|Gerdes, Byron (Bryan?) W.||Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas. Then became an Aircraft Mechanic. After W.W. II he moved to Dayton, OH. area in 1947 where he worked for the Federal Gass Co.|
|Gillespie, T. N.|
|Goode, Kenneth W.|
|Goodwin, Alonzo W. Jr.|
|Goodwin, Earl G.||Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Grant, William W. III||He graduated from Craig Field. Later he was instructing at Courtland, Ala. where he spun in (and was killed) with a student in 1944. Information from Aubrey Gaskins who was also instructing there.||2nd Lt.|
|Graves, Robert B.|
|Hanchey, Homer L.||
Homer made Capt. in the Reserve. He was a pilot for Airlift, Inc.
Wife: Connie Hanchey
Of Miami, FL.
He died about 1988.
|Hanley John J.|
|Hays, Joe R.|
|Hitch, Daniel R.||Graduated from Craig Field. Then instructed. Later went to B-29 Flight Engineering program. Eventually he was in the Texas Air National Guard.|
|Holland, Hersel H.||Holland washed out in Basic at Gunter Field. He then was a Bombardier and Navigator. He flew 52 missions with the 459th Bomb Group. After the war he went to Georgia Tech. Then had a career as a Manufacturers Representative.||
Wife: Sara Holland
Of Atlanta, GA.
|Holland, Robert L.|
|Holmes, Roger N.|
|Horne, Robert E.|
|Hughes, Tudor (Turdor?) Reid||Washed out in Basic at Gunter.|
|Johnson, Edward P.|
|Johnson, R. M. (Max?) Jr.|
|Jones, Charles C.|
|Kaniuka, William M.|
|Kazimar, Anthony F.|
|Kazynowek, Anthony F.|
|Kehm, Robert L. "Bert"|
|Kester, Donald G.|
|Klein R. J.|
|Landrum, Charles or Clyde W.|
|Levine, Howard J.||He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Link, J. E.|
|Linney, John T. Jr.||Two different stories. 1st was that he washed in Basic at Gunter. The 2nd one, He did a low slow roll on graduation day, and was killed. His father was among the spectators.||
Of Chatham, GA
|Love, Richard J. "Dick"||His instructor was Kenny Cormell. He had Basic at Montgomery, Ala, and Advanced at Dothan, Ala. He went to the Pacific and flew P-39's and P-38 "Lightnings." He served 18 months followed by another tour of 6 months in the Pacific and was Commander of the 68th Fighter Sqdn. "The Lightning Lancers". He received the D.F.C, Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Cluster, and other ribbons and citations.||
Wife: Carroll Love
Of West Palm Beach, FL.
|Lupole, W. H.|
|Lyons, Glenn M.|
|Majesky, Joseph J.|
|Marski, Edmond L.||Washed out in Basic at Gunter.|
|Matukaitis John P.||Washed out in Basic at Gunter.|
|Miles, Harold J.|
|Miller, Charles E. Jr.|
|Miller, Kirk L.|
|Miller, William V.||Believed to be in the Chicago, Ill. area. Salesman there about 1960.|
|Montwid, William L.|
|Morgan, Russell D.|
|Morton, Ray M.|
|Munro, Delmar D.|
|Nugent, William A.|
|O’Conner, Richard J.||He was killed sometime during his training program.|
|Ondre, Edward E.||Charles Culbertson was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated and Served in the A.T.C. ferrying aircraft in Africa and Italy. He stayed in the A.F. for a 22 year career. After that he flew for Pacific Southwest Airlines. He retired with about 29,500 hours flown.||
Of San Diego, CA.
|Oppel, Adam||Started Oct. 23, 1942. Paul Schlundt was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas.||Of Buffalo, N.Y.|
|Orlowski, Arthur||Paul Schlundt was his Instructor at Douglas. Arthur washed out in Basic and became a Bombardier, and later a Navigator (a Bombgator?). He was in England with the 8th Air Force, 453 Bomb Grp. He flew 32 missions. He was shot down on his 17th on the way back to Base. He instructed for a year on return to the U.S.A. As a civilian he was a Tool Engineer.||Of Spring Hill, FL|
|Osadnick, Jerome A. "Jerry"||Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. He was at Basic at Gunter and Advanced at Columbus, Miss. He was a 1st pilot on B-17’s at Sebring and later at Pyote, TX. Also bombing training at Dalhart, Tx. Then he was sent to England in the 13th Combat Wing, 569th Bomb Sqdn. and had 20 missions. He was also in the 93rd Bomb Sqdn, 390th Bomb Group. On D-Day + 6 days, he was landed in France to transport urgently needed supplies into France and transport wounded, prisoners, VIPs, etc. out. He did that for 6 months.||
Wife: Peggy Osadnick
Of New Canaan, Conn.
|Petterson, Owen D.||Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. He went to Gunter for Basic and Advanced at Dothan. Next he volunteered as an Instructor at Tuskegee, Ala. he stayed there for 2 1/2 years teaching Basic & Advanced in AT-6’s. He was made Capt. just before being discharged.||
Wife: Valaree Petterson - he married Valaree on Apr 29, 1943, just 2 days prior to graduation.
Of Deer Park, Tx.
|Pierpont, George Hobart||Paul Schlundt was his first Instructor. He started in 43C, was delayed to 43D. Then Benny Painville took over. George had Basic at Gunter & Advanced at Blytheville, Ark. S/N: O-802781. He was in the 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Sq. in Chengkung, China. On Aug. 31, 1944, during a mission to Liuchow, China to bomb shipping, his B-24J (S/N 44-40831) went missing. He and all of the crew were never found (MACR # 8020).||
He was from Salem, Va.
|Post, Robert W.||Robert and his Instructor James Puryear, were killed while practicing forced landings.||He was from Lancaster, Pa.|
|Rawson, Frederick H.||
Puryear and Allen Cadle were his instructors. He had Basic at Gunter Field. In Feb. 1944 he was shot down over Germany. He had a 23 year career with the Air Force. He retired from active duty in 1960. Click here for more information.
Wife: Arlene Rawson
Of Ellenton, FL.
|Reed, Warren Stanley||He had Basic at Gunter Field. At that time, there was an excess of pilots and his check rider instructed him to fly in a certain direction. Without thinking he obeyed, only to realize that he was over a hospital (a restricted area). He was washed out for "Dangerous flying."||
Of Bass Harbor, ME.
|Reeder, William D. "Bill"||
Dudley Reed was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter and graduated from Blytheville. He was in England with the 8th Air Force, 306th Bomb Grp. 368th Bomb Sqdn. flying B-17's. He had a 32 year career with the Air Force. Click here to read his letter (a PDF).
Wife: Winifred Reeder
Of Clarksville, TN
|Robeson, John C.|
|Rockafellow, Lawrence E.||George Kalec was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenwood, Advanced at Napier. Later he was with the 1st Air Transport Sqdn. Next he was in the C.B.I. Theatre and flew C-46's over the "Hump." Afterward he joined the Reserve and retired from it as a Major.||Of Homosassa, Fla.|
|Rosenzweig, Robert J.||
He washed out at Douglas.
|Runyan, Gilbert K.||Jim Puryear was his Instructor. Gilbert went with Robert Post’s body to Lancaster, Pa. after Post and Puryear were killed at Douglas. When he returned, he refused to fly (at his Mother’s request) so washed himself out.||was from Chester, Pa.|
|Russo, Arthur E.|
|Shulaw, A. P. (or Ralph P.?)|
|Sim, Robert E.||Washed at Douglas. He was seen at Ridgewood Air Station as a Ground Support man.|
|Steele, Donald W.|
|Smith, Herbert A.||Herb graduated as a 2nd Lt. at Napier Field. He became an instructor in BT-13’s at several locations in the U.S. He took P-51 training Aug. 1945. He then became a salesman and was active in the Reserves at Scott Field, IL. thru 1951. He went to Korea in Feb. 1953. From 1954 through Aug. 1971 he had a number of assignments around the U.S.||
Wife: Betty Smith
Of Columbia, S.C.
|Smith, Paul M. Jr.||
He was a Student officer at Douglas. He had Basic at Greenwood, MS. and graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He became a B-17 pilot. He served in the 384th Bomb Grp., 547th Sqdn. in 1943 & 1944. He was Killed in Action Feb. 22, 1944. He is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery at Liege, Belgium. Click here for more information.
of New Orleans, LA
|Smith, Stuart E.||He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas|
|Steele, Donald W.||He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas|
|Tanner, G. A.|
|Toombs, Robert H. "Bob"||He was discharged at the end of the war. He returned to the service 2 years later and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1969.||
Wife: Mary Toombs
Of Louisville, Ky.
|Trupp, Charles W.|
|Tucker, Erwin D.|
|Vicks, Emil C. Jr.||Emil graduated and was in the Air Transport Command flying to Africa and back.||
Wife: Jean Vicks,
Of Eden Prairie, MN
|Virag, Andy R.|
|Walser, Walter A.||S/N: O-808192. J.B. Knox was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas. Later he was a navigator in the 8th A.F., 44th Bomber Group, 68th Bomber Sqdrn. He became a P.O.W. in Switzerland after his B-24J was seemingly damaged in some way returning from a mission to Friedrichshafen, Germany. They landed safely at Dubendorf Switzerland, and the entire crew was interned. (See MACR 3410 and MACR 800.)||
Of El Paso, Texas
|Weese, Arsace V.||J.B. Knox was his instructor.|
|Wensel, Harry L.||J.B. Knox was his instructor.|
|Williams, Norman R.||J.B. Knox was his instructor. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Wood, Clifford M.||He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Young, Thomas E. Jr.||He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.|
|Young, W. A.|
|Yuska, Robert D.||Lived in a Chicago suburb after WWII|