Douglas Class of 1943-D (Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers April 27, 1943)

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Araps, Sam

Joe Thalman was his instructor. He is listed as attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant.
http://www.locategrave.org/l/4996654/Sam-Araps-OH

Born 10/15/1919
Died 02/08/2007
Of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Sam Araps
Archibald, Russell

Joe Thalman was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas. He is listed as being a S/SGT with the 213th AAF Base Unit. See
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=12094995&PIpi=2204612

Born Aug 9, 1921
Died Nov 10, 1970
 
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.

Major

Born: Orange, N. J.

Wife: Emily Band

 

William F. Band
Barnes, Van Hook Joe Thalman was his instructor.

2nd Lt.

from Gainesville, FL.

Van Hook Barnes
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.

1st Lt.

Wife: Willa Barsditis

Of Monroeville, Pa.

Click here to read his interesting letter(a PDF). Click here for his picture at Douglas and here for a group picture.

Edward A. Barsiditis
Baxter, Robert E.     Robert E. Baxter
Beadling, James J., Jr. He washed out at Douglas.   James J. Beadling, Jr.
Beck, Andrew G., Jr. S/N: 13059860. He was a crew member of a B-29 assigned to the 40th Bomb Group flying missions the Central Pacific.

S/SGT

From PA

Andrew G. Beck, Jr.
Beck, Lewis J.     Lewis J. Beck
Beckett, John W., Jr.     John W. Beckett, 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 graduated at Selman Field with the Class of 43-17 on December 23, 1943, S/N: O-703888. He was an B-24 navigator assigned to the 461st Bomb Group 766th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from Italy into Southern Europe.
http://www.461st.org/crews/766th%20Crews/hutchison.htmlAfter the war he was in the motion picture industry in Hollywood.

1st Lt.

Of Manasquan, N.J.

Theodore Herbert Bennett
Bennett, William J. He washed out at Douglas.   William J. Bennett
Betters, Martin J.     Martin J. Betters
Bitzer, Earl E. Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was an B-24 pilot assigned to the 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England after which he flew clandestine missions in B-24s into Europe at night with the 801st Bomb Group (Provisional).
From OH Earl E. Bitzer
Bomser, Philip S.

He was an B-17 navigator assigned to the 385th Bomb Group 549th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England. He graduated at Selman Field with the Class of 43-10 on July 24, 1943.
http://forum.armyairforces.com/m/tm.aspx?m=126245&fp=24

From NY
Died July 18, 2007
Phillip S. Bomser
Borland, William Henry Sr.

S/N: 13059599. He was a flight engineer on a B-24 flying missions in Europe for four years, receiving several medals, including the Purple Heart, EAME ribbon with four bronze stars, and Good Conduct Medal. See http://classified.post-gazette.com/details_obits.asp?id=5975280

Born Oct. 21, 1921, in Pittsburgh, PA, d
Died August 6, 2000 in Pueblo, CO
William H. borland
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.

Second Lt.

Wife: Alexandria Bradnan

Click here for a group picture.

Paul Bradnan
Brady, Thomas J. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-802710. He was an B-17 co-pilot assigned to the 306th Bomb Group 368th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England. On January 11, 1944 he was co-pilot of B-17F (S/N: 42-30782) on a mission to Halberstadt, Germany when it was shot down by enemy aircraft. He attempted to bail out but it is believed his chute did not open after it got caught on the bomb bay doors. He was killed in action (MACR #1931).

1LT

From NY

Thomas J. Brady
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.

Capt.

Wife: Marion Breder

Of Miami, Fla.

Click here for a group picture and another group picture in China.

Richard F. Breder
Bricker, S. C.     S. C. Bricker
Brooks, Richard W. He graduated at Blytheville AAFd with the Class of 43D, S/N:
O-802712. He was an B-17 pilot assigned to the 100th Bomb Group 351st Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England and became a POW on October 10, 1943. (MACR #1027) He was a prisoner at Sagan and at Moosburg.

2LT

From MA

Richard W. Brooks
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.

Lt. Col.

Wife: Vesta Brumby

Of Crawfordsville, FL.

James R. Brumby, III
Bryan, John G.     John G. Bryan
Buck, Byron M.

Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was an instructor in the pilot training program in the states. See
http://www.conneautohio.us/obituaries_starbeacon_june2006.htm

Born July 28, 1918, in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Died June 18, 2006
Bryon M. Buck
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).   Lincoln D. Bundy
Burggraf, Daniel Robert He had graduated from this school with the Class of 43D, S/N: O-802827. He was an instructor pilot stationed at George Field, Indiana where taught cadets to fly two-engined aircraft.

LT

from PA

Daniel R. Burggraf
Campbell, James H.     James H. Campbell
Carter, Donald D. He graduated at Napier Field with the Class of 43D, S/N: O-802991
LT Donald D. Carter
Chatlos, William J. "Bill" In preflight he roomed with Richard Breder. He was a B-29 Superfortress pilot assigned to the 505th Bomb Group 484th Bomb Sqdn flying missions to Japan from the Central Pacific. 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)

1LT

His home was in Northern New Jersey.

William J. Chatlos
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.
Born: July 25, 1923
Died: Sept. 22, 1944

Click here for a group picture (he is 4th from left)

William Troy Church
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.

Col.

of West Palm Beach, FL.

He died Sept. 6, 1991.

Allen C. Clark
Cohen, Leroy     Leroy Cohen
Coleman, Paris Rell He graduated at George Field with the Class of 43D, S/N: O-802833. He was an B-17 pilot assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 401st Bomb Sqdn flying 18 missions from England and was killed in action on March 6, 1943. His plane was attacked by enemy fighters and all bailed out except the ball turret gunner. He bailed out but did not survive, either being badly injured before bailing out or by getting killed by civilians on the ground near Gardelegen, Germany (MACR #2899).

1LT

From OH

Paris R. Coleman
Cooper, Frank S.     Frank S. Cooper
Corn, F.     F. Corn
Cortright, K. L.     K. L. Cortright
Dahl, William J.     William J. Dahl
Darling, Donald L.     Donald L. Darling
Dawes, William Roy, Jr. Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-802731. He was an B-17 pilot assigned to the 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England. On April 9, 1944 he was pilot of B-17G (S/N: 42-38162) on a mission to Marianburg, Germany. On the return trip his plane was attacked by enemy aircraft, blowing the nose off the plane. The plane crashed into the sea and all 10 members of the crew were killed. (MACR #3940).

1LT

From MA

Wife: Wanda L. Dawes

William R. Dawes, Jr.
DeBoer, Victor W.

He graduated at Hondo AAFd in Texas with the Class of 44-01 on January 15, 1944, S/N: O-707772. He was an B-24 navigator assigned to the 307th Bomb Group 372nd Bomb Sqdn (aka The Long Rangers) flying missions in the South West Pacific Area. On October 3, 1944 he was navigator on B-24J (S/N: 44-40614) on its return from a mission to Borneo Island. The plane was shot and lost control; the plane flew for awhile and some of the crew may have bailed out (MACR #10488). The entire crew was lost. (See Find-a-grave)

1LT

Of Kalamazoo County, MI

Victor W. DeBoer
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. Carmel M. DeLuca
Dollar, Donley A. Washed out, probably at Douglas.   Donley A. Dollar
Drummond, Clair E.     Clair E. Drummond
DuPuy, Arthur N. Jr.     Arthur N. DuPuy, Jr.
Dyer, Emerson Lee He was an B-17 co-pilot assigned to the 482nd Bomb Group 813th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England and SURVIVED a crash landing of B-17G (S/N: 42-97595) at base on March 17, 1944.

1LT (MA)

Click here for a group picture.

Emerson L. Dyer
Eckert, Merton Erich

Caeser Miles was his instructor. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-802733. He was an C-47 pilot assigned to the 434th Troop Carrier Group 074th TCS flying missions in Europe.
(See Find-A-Grave). See also
http://digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1129&context=ww_reg_his (he is pictured on numerous pages - do a "find" (Ctrl-F) on "Eckert").

LT, later Major
Born Sep. 1, 1917
Died Aug. 27, 1970

Parkridge, IL

Merton E. Eckert
Elker, Oswin H. "Moose"

Caeser Miles was his instructor. He had Basic at Greenville and graduated Craig Field near Selma, Ala. S/N: O-802273. 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 on 7-29-44 but walked out. Click here to read his entertaining letter (a PDF). He evaded capture. (See also MACR #7116: http://www.fold3.com/document/28712502/).
See Moose and his P-40

Capt.

Wife: Eddra Elker

Of Rochester, Mn.

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Oswin H. Elker
Erneston, Chris Jr.

Caeser Miles was his Instructor. He was a friend of “Moose” Elker. He graduated with class 43-D at Randolph. He was an instrument pilot instructor assigned to Cortland AAFd Basic Flying School in Alabama. He received specialized training for this duty at Randolph Field and Bryan AAFd both located in Texas. Click here for a photo.


1LT
From AL
Wife: Doris Erneston

Of West Palm Beach FL.

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Chris Erneston, Jr.
Fabian, William E.

He graduated from Flexible Gunnery School at Tyndall Field, FL. See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/military/wwII/fabian-william-e.html

  William E. Fabian
Finfinger, George Eugene S/N: O-802736. He was an B-24 pilot assigned to the 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England. On February 10, 1944 he was flying a mission to Brunswick, Germany. The plane was hit, and he and most of the crew bailed out. He became a POW. (MACR #2535)

1LT

From PA

George E. Finfinger
Gannon, William R.     William R. Gannon
Gardner, Grant He was killed in action. No further information.   Grant Gardner
Gardner, Robert W.     Robert W. Gardner
Garfein, Ralph Lloyd Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor. S/N: O-577649.
He graduated at the AAF Officers Candidate School located at Miami Beach, FL with the Class of 43C learning the military administration skills. He wrote a book in 1966 about handling military funds and retired a Lt Col.
LT Ralph Lloyd Garfein
Gaskins, Aubrey S. Lloyd Treadaway was his Instructor. He had Basic at Greenville and graduated at Craig Field, O-802281. 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.

LT then Col.

Born: Dec. 3, 1921

Wife: Graham Gaskins

Of Virginia Beach, Va.

Click here to read more.

Aubrey S. Gaskins
Gedeon, Richard Joseph Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor. He graduated from Craig Field. He was a P-47 pilot assigned to the 404th Fighter Group 507th Fighter Sqdn flying missions in Europe.

2nd Lt.

From OH

Richard Joseph Gedeon
Gerdes, Byron W.

Lloyd Treadaway was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas. He was on the base golf team at Amarillo Army Air Field in Texas late in 1943 through to the end of the war. See
http://files.usgwarchives.net/oh/montgomery/cemeteries/polkgrov4ncm.txt and
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/29529269/

Then became an Aircraft Mechanic. He moved to Dayton, OH. area in 1947 where he worked for the Federal Gas Co.

SGT

From OH
Born 1920
Died 1980

Byron W. Gerdes
Gillespie, T. N.     T. N. Gillespie
Goldstein, Norman     Norman Goldstein
Goode, Kenneth W.     Kenneth W. Goode
Goodwin, Alonzo W. Jr.

S/N: O-803369. He was B-17 pilot assigned to the 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe. See http://www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

LT Alonzo W. Goodwin, Jr.
Goodwin, Earl G.

Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-802739. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 385th Bomb Group 549th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe.
http://forum.armyairforces.com/Bomber-crash-at-the-Volkswagen-factory-m165181-p2.aspx. On Mar. 14, 1944 he flew and was witness to a B-17 shot down by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, Germany (MACR #3247).

LT Earl G. Goodwin
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. William W. Grant, III
Graves, Robert B.     Robert B. Graves
Hanchey, Homer L.

Homer made Capt. in the Reserve. He was a pilot for Airlift, Inc.

Capt.

Wife: Connie Hanchey

Of Miami, FL.

He died about 1988.

Homer L. Hanchey
Hanley John J.     John J. Hanley
Hays, Joe R.     Joe R. Hays
Hitch, Daniel R. Graduated from Craig Field, O-802387. Then instructed. Later went to B-29 Flight Engineering program. Eventually he was in the Texas Air National Guard. LT Daniel R. Hitch
Holland, Hessel H.

Holland washed out in Basic at Gunter Field. He graduated as a bombardier with the Class of 43-12 at Midland AAFd on August 26, 1943. He was B-24 bombardier assigned to the 459th Bomb Group 757th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe. He flew 52 missions with the 459th Bomb Group. See http://www.459bg.org/Holland_Hessel_H9155_459BG.cfm - he was awarded the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. After the war he went to Georgia Tech. Then had a career as a Manufacturer's Representative.

1st Lt.

Wife: Sara Holland

Of MA, later of Atlanta, GA.

Hersel H. Holland
Holland, Robert L.

S/N: O-802391. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 460th Bomb Group 763rd Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe and was killed in a mid-air collision over Italy on April 5, 1944 (see http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-29320&Submit4=Go). He was flying B-24H (S/N: 41-29320) "Alexander's Rag Time Band". See also
http://www.15thaf.org/55th_BW/460th_BG/PDFs/460th%20Personnel%20Roster.pdf

2LT

Born 1922
Died April 4, 1944
From NY

Robert L. Holland
Holmes, Roger N. S/N: O-802753 LT retired Lt Col USAF Roger N. Holmes
Horne, Robert E.     Robert E. Horne
Hughes, Tudor (Turdor?) Reid Washed out in Basic at Gunter.   Tudor Reid Hughes
Johnson, Edward P.     Edward P. Johnson
Johnson, R. M. (Max?) Jr.     R. M. Johnson, Jr.
Jones, Charles C.     Charles C. Jones
Kaniuka, William M. S/N: O-803018. He was a P-38 pilot assigned to the 347th Fighter Group 68th Fighter Sqdn flying missions in the South West Pacific Area. On January 20, 1945 on a mission to Makassar Strait, his plane was hit and he belly landed. He got out of the plane onto a life raft. The Japanese were nearby and probably took him prisoner or killed him, as search planes could not find him later (MACR #11035).

1LT

Born 1923
From PA

His death date is listed as Jan. 20, 1945 (See FindAGrave)

William M. Kaniuka
Kazimar, Anthony F.     Anthony F. Kazimar
Kazynowek, Anthony F.     Anthony F. Kazynowek
Kehm, Robert L. "Bert"

He was B-17 pilot assigned to the 2nd Bomb Group 20th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe. On April 13, 1943, he was flying a B-17 on a mission to Gyor Hungary and witnessed a fellow B-17 get hit (MACR #3911). On May 5, 1944, Kehm was slightly wounded on a mission to Ploesti Romania (see
http://www.2ndbombgroup.org/TSWF/Second%20Was%20First%2010%20-%20Chapter%2010%20-%20Operations-%20May%20June%201944.pdf)

2LT
From CA

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Robert L. Kehm
Kester, Donald G.     Donald G. Kester
Klein R. J.     R. J. Klein
Landrum, Charles or Clyde W.     Charles W. Landrum
Levine, Howard J. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.   Howard J. Levine
Link, J. E.     J. E. Link
Linney, John T. Jr.

S/N: O-803027. He graduated with the Class of 43D and had possibly been reassigned to Napier Field, as an instructor pilot.   On May 20, 1943, he was flying an AT-6C (S/N: 42-49024) out of Napier Field and was killed near Hyman Field, Ala. after crashing his plane into the ground.

2nd Lt.

Born 1923
Of Chatham, GA

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John T. Linney, Jr.
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.

Major

Wife: Carroll Love

Of West Palm Beach, FL.

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Richard J. Love
Lupole, William H. He graduated with the Class of 43E at George Field in Illinois, S/N: O-804363. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe and was shot down on February 25, 1944. He bailed out over Saarbrücken, Germany, and became a POW. In February 1945 he was repatriated back to the U.S. and spent time in Walter Reed Hospital (MACR #2862) .
2LT
From PA
W. H. Lupole
Lyons, Glenn M.  

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Glenn M. Lyons
Majesky, Joseph J.     Joseph J. Majesky
Marski, Edmond L. Washed out in Basic at Gunter.   Edmund L. Marski
Matukaitis John P. Washed out in Basic at Gunter.   John P. Matukaitis
Miles, Harold J.     Harold J. Miles
Miller, Charles E. Jr. S/N: O-802770. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 2nd Bomb Group 96th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe. On December 14, 1943, he was co-pilot of B-17F (S/N: 42-5050) on a mission to the Eleusis, Greece aerodrome when his plane was hit by enemy fighters. He bailed out and became a POW (MACR #1482).

2LT

From VA

Charles E. Miller, Jr.
Miller, Kirk L.     Kirk L. Miller
Miller, William V. Believed to be in the Chicago, Ill. area. Salesman there about 1960.   William V. Miller
Montwid, William L. He was a ferrying pilot assigned to the 7th Ferrying Group based at Gore Field located near Great Falls, Montana and primarily flew P-39s and B-25s to Alaska.

1LT

From NJ

William L. Montwid
Morgan, Russell D. He graduated with the Class of 43D at Napier Field. He was a transport pilot assigned to the Air Transport Command based in India and flying supplies over the southern edge of the Himalayan Mountains into China.

CPT

WI

Russell D. Morgan
Morton, Ray M.     Ray M. Morton
Munro, Delmar D.     Delmar D. Munro
Nugent, William A.

S/N: O-803039. He was B-24 pilot assigned to the 392nd Bomb Group 579th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Southern Europe.

LT

From IL

Click here for a picture of his crew.

William A. Nugent
O’Conner, Richard J. On Mar. 29, 1943, he was flying an AT-6C out of Marianna, FL and was killed when his plane crashed into the ground 12 miles west of Georgiana, AL.   Richard J. O'Conner
Ondre, Edward E. Charles Culbertson was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated S/N: O-801898 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.

LT, later Lt. Col.

Of San Diego, CA.

Edward e. Ondrejein
Oppel, Adam Started Oct. 23, 1942. Paul Schlundt was his instructor. He washed out at Douglas. Of Buffalo, N.Y. Adam Oppel
Orlowski, Arthur

Paul Schlundt was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated as a bombardier with the Class of 43-11 at Midland AAFd on August 5, 1943. He was a B-24 navigator/bombardier assigned to the 453rd Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Sqdn flying missions from England. He flew 32 missions. On his 17th mission on April 22, 1944 he was injured when his plane was attacked by a Ju 88 near the English coastline as they were on their way back to the base. Click here for his account of the attack. (MACR #4781). He instructed for a year on return to the U.S.A. As a civilian he was a Tool Engineer.

1LT

From IL, later of Spring Hill, FL

Arthur Orlowski
Osadnick, Jerome A. "Jerry" Paul Schlundt was his Instructor. He was at Basic at Gunter and Advanced at Columbus, Miss. S/N: O-802776. 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. 390th Bomb Group 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

CPT
From IL, later of New Canaan, Conn.

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Click here for a picture of Jerry and his plane

Jerome A. Osadnick
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.

Capt.

Wife: Valaree Petterson - he married Valaree on Apr 29, 1943, just 2 days prior to graduation.

Of Deer Park, Tx.

Owen D. Petterson
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). See http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/44-40831.html and http://www.worldwar2database.com/gallery3/index.php/wwii1076

2nd Lt.

He was from Salem, Va.

George Hobart Pierpont
Post, Robert William Robert and his Instructor James Puryear, were killed while practicing forced landings.

Avn Cadet killed November 19, 1942

He was from Lancaster, Pa.

Robert W. Post
Putek, Henry He graduated with the Class of 43E at George Field in Illinois, S/N: O-804395. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe.

LT

From IL

H. Putek
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.

Major

Wife: Arlene Rawson

Of Ellenton, FL.

Frederick H. Rawson
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.

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Warren Stanley Reed
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).

Col.

Wife: Winifred Reeder

Of Clarksville, TN

William D. Reeder
Robeson, John C. On April 24, 1943, he was flying an AT-6C (S/N: 42-48927) out of Napier Field, AL, when he ground looped a plane on his takeoff roll. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He went on to become a Lt Col.

LTC

Born Nov 01, 1919
Died Sep 24, 2006
Buried Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

John C. Robeson
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. Lawrence E. Rockafellow
Rosenzweig, Robert J.

He washed out at Douglas.

  Robert J. Rosenzweig
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. Gilbert K. Runyan
Russo, Arthur E.

He graduated as a bombardier with the Class of 43-9 at Midland AAFd on June 24, 1943.

He was bombardier instructor at Gowen Field in Idaho. See http://fultonhistory.com

1LT, later Capt.

Born Jun 5, 1918
Died Apr 4, 1998
From NY
See FindAGrave

Arthur E. Russo
Shulaw, A. P. (or Ralph P.?)     A. P. Shulaw
Sim, Robert E. Washed at Douglas. He was seen at Ridgewood Air Station as a Ground Support man.   Robert E. Sim
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.

Colonel

Wife: Betty Smith

Of Columbia, S.C.

Herbert A. Smith
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.

2nd Lt.

of New Orleans, LA

 
Smith, Stuart E.

He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe. See
http://www.remember-our-heroes.nl/photos/index.php?/category/1247

1LT

From CO

Stuart E. Smith
Steele, Donald W. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas   Donald W. Steele
Tanner, George A.

He graduated with the Class of 43E at George Field in Illinois, S/N: O-804423. He was a B-24 pilot assigned to the 455th Bomb Group 742nd Bomb Sqdn flying 4.8 missions in Southern Europe and was KIA on July 2, 1944 over Budapest. Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. See
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fubar2.htm and
http://www.okhistory.org/historycenter/okcasualties/world-war-2-detail.php?casualty=1660

1LT

From IL
Born Feb 28, 1921
Died Jul 2, 1944
See FindAGrave

G. A. Tanner
Toombs, Robert H. "Bob" S/N: O-803066. He was a transport pilot assigned to the Air Transport Command based at Chabua India and flying supplies over the southern edge of the Himalayan Mountains into China.
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.

LT later Lt. Col.

Wife: Mary Toombs

Of Louisville, Ky.

Robert H. Toombs
Trupp, Charles W. Enlisted 03 Feb 1942. Graduated with S/N: O-803067

LT

Born 1921

From Montgomery County, OH

Charles W. Trupp
Tucker, Erwin Dale S/N: 17028598. He served at Chanute Field in the personnel service branch and died December 13, 1956.

Avn Cadet then S/SGT

From KS

Erwin D. Tucker
Vicks, Emil C. Jr. Emil graduated and was in the Air Transport Command flying to Africa and back.

1st Lt.

Wife: Jean Vicks,

Of Eden Prairie, MN

Emil C. Vicks, Jr.
Virag, Andy R.

S/N: O-802493. He was a B-17 pilot assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe. On November 21, 1944 he was flying B-17G (S/N: 44-6600B) on a mission to Germany when his right wing was hit by another plane. The plane had been on top of his plane in formation and when the other plane skidded off to the right, it nicked Virag's wing. The right aileron may have been knocked off. He salvoed his bombs and dropped 5,000 feet below the formation. It is likely the crew bailed out and he became a POW, imprisoned at Barth Germany (MACR #11198). See http://www.303rdbg.com/359virag.html

1LT

From OH

Andy R. Virag
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.)

2nd Lt.

Of El Paso, Texas

Walter A. Walser
Weese, Arsace V. J.B. Knox was his instructor.   Arsace V. Weese
Wensel, Harry L.

J.B. Knox was his instructor. S/N: 12031247. He was a B-24 gunner assigned to the 492nd Bomb Group 856th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe. On 4 Jun 44, as they took off for a bombing raid to Avord, France, the plane stalled and spun out of control near Garveston, England. All 10 on board were killed in the crash. See
http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showCrewPage&crewPage=607-Sachtleben&crewTitle=Sachtleben%20607
He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

S/SGT

From NY

See Find-a-Grave

Harry L. Wensel
Williams, Norman R. J.B. Knox was his instructor. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was a bomber pilot assigned to Langley Field in Virginia, where he flew training missions for radar operators out over the Atlantic Ocean.

CPT

From NY

Norman R. Williams
Wood, Clifford M. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was a ferrying pilot assigned to Homestead Army Air Field for training with the 20th Operational Training Unit of the ATC.

  Clifford M. Wood
Young, Thomas E. Jr. He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-802822. He was B-17 pilot assigned to the 370th Bomb Group 526th Bomb Sqdn flying missions in Europe. On March 26, 1944 he was a co-pilot on a B-17 that was shot down by anti aircraft fire. He bailed out and became a POW and was imprisoned at Barth Germany (MACR #3592).

2LT

From MS

Thomas E. Young, Jr.
Young, W. A.     W. A. Young
Yuska, Robert D.

S/N: O-802511. He was a B-29 pilot assigned to the 16th Bomb Group 15th Bomb Sqdn flying missions from Guam in Central Pacific. See
http://www.315bw.org/NewChapter/17_crews_16th.pdf (see page 170).
Lived in a Chicago suburb after WWII.

CPT Robert D. Yuska
Zeece, George

He was a B-17 gunner in the 8th Air Force and was impaired by a serious case of hypoxia. On his 19th mission his oxygen mask came loose and fell to the bomber floor.  The B17 pilot was going through all types of maneuvers to escape the German M109 fighters.  The loss of oxygen at 30,000 feet gave him brain problems that lasted through his life. Received Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. See
http://forum.armyairforces.com/SSgt-George-Zeece-8thAF-m179338.aspx

SSGT

From MN

G. Zeece