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Class 1942-G

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(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Aug. 5, 1942)
Brady, John D.
He had Basic at Shaw Field and Advanced at Spence Field, GA. He was flying B-17's when he was shot down over Munster on his 20th or 21st mission. He was a prisoner of war from Oct., 1943 to Apr. 29, 1945. See

Click here for his service, awards, and Missing Air Crew Report.

Esther Brady, wife.
Of Laurel, MD
Burke, L.
Washed out at Douglas.
East, Dick
Foster, William C.
Washed out at Douglas and returned to Maxwell Field.
Jim Ruark was his instructor. Last contact he was finishing Basic at Shaw Field, May 1942
Highfield, Harlan Edward
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. Graduated Primary Mar. 12, 1942. Had Basic at Shaw and Advanced at Spence Field, Moultrie, Ga. S/N: O-791105. He was a member of the 79th Fighter Grp 87th Fighter Sqdn. After being shot down in the Tunisian desert on March 29, 1943, and following his subsequent wounding, Harlan spent over two years as a Prisoner of War in camps in Italy and Germany (Stalags 3 and 7A). His son wrote a book on him (see


He was from Wilmington, Delaware.

Holmes, Weldon F.
He went to England in the spring of 1943 with the 399th Bomb Group. His B-17 was shot down by fighters over Hamburg, Germany on June 25, 1943. Three of his crew were wounded and two killed. He was in Stalag Luft #3 until liberated by Patton in May 1945. Click here for more information.
Or click here to see a YouTube video produced by his son (he talks about his experience at Douglas starting at about 20 minutes into the video)
Lt. Colonel.

Wife: Phyllis Holmes.

Of Treasure Island, Fla.

Howell, William T.
He may have been in the class of 1942-G or 1942-H. He is shown as having a flying accident at Douglas on Mar. 11, 1942 in PT-17 (41-25331), suggesting that he was a cadet at Douglas.
He was killed on Sept. 27, 1942 when his bomber crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near Clearwater, FL.
2nd Lt.
Of Petersburg, VA. Born May 3, 1918.
See FindAGrave.
Karl, J.F.
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. Washed out at Douglas.
LaPorte, Mike? (Joe)
Probably 1st Lt. Michael LaPorte S/N: O-791123 (MIA / KIA) in a B-17E while flying for the 5th A.F., 43rd Bomb Group, 65th Bomb Squadron (H). Took off from 7-Mile Drome at Port Moresby on Sept. 2, 1943, one of twelve attacking Cape Gloucester Airfield, New Britain Island. Numerous Japanese fighters intercepted the formation. This bomber was lost, but there were no witnesses to the loss. The plane had to fly at 5,000 feet to drop their bombs. When last seen they were flying directly toward a mountain 7,000 feet high that was to the left of the target. "The weather was such that the men flew blind without even knowing when they crashed." The 43rd Bomb Group records state "subject aircraft missing on a mission over Lae". The entire crew was declared dead on January 14, 1946 and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
1st Lt.

Pacific Theater

From NY

MACR #14147

Larrabee, Seth L. (?)
Last name only was saved in our records, but this man may be Seth L. Larrabee, who enlisted as an aviation cadet on 24 Dec 1941 in New York City. It appears he attended Bowdoin College since he is mentioned in their alumni magazine [see Bowdoin Alumni magazine]. Jim Ruark was his instructor at Douglas. Although our last contact with him was as he was going to Basic at Shaw Field, his classmate Lunkenheimer also went to Shaw Field, Sumter SC and ended up flying B-26s in Europe. Records show that on April 3, 1944, Larrabee was the pilot of a B-26B which crashed due to engine failure while flying in the 320 Bomb Group, 444 Bomber Sqdn. out of Decimomannu Air Base in Sardinia.

Seth L. Larrabee is described as returning from 46 missions in B-26s to teach at the Dodge City Army Airfield, Dodge City, Kansas in Sept. 1944 [Source: Boot Hill Marauder (Dodge City, Kansas) 23 Sep 1944, Sat, Page 1].

Born Jan. 16, 1918 in Portland, Maine, living in New York per enlistment record of Seth L. Larrabee.
Lunkenheimer, Elwood Lincoln
Entered the Army Air Forces on April 4, 1941. Went through Maxwell AFB for his initial training, and after Douglas went to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC. for Basic. Graduated at Moody Field, Valdosta, GA. S/N: O-791710. Spent 9 months at McDill Field in Tampa. Then arrived in England in May, 1943. Flew 75 missions in a B-26 Maurauder over France and Germany. Earned the DFC and Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. Promoted to Captain in 1944. [Source: The Times (Streator, Illinois), 26 Sep 1944, Tue, Page 4].
He attended Purdue University where he majored in civil engineering and graduated in 1948. [Source: The Times (Streator, Illinois), 16 Dec 1947, Tue, Page 4.]
Capt Married Ruth A. Denike.

He was born 12 Feb 1916 in Evansville, Indiana.

Died 7 Jan 1974 in New Jersey when his car crashed into a wall.

According to his obituary, he is buried in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, Camden County, New Jersey.

McGowan, D.H.
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. He had Basic at Shaw Field, Sumter, SC
McMullen, R.F.
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. Washed out at Douglas
Menges, Roger G.
Paul Schlundt was his instructor. Soloed Feb. 18, 1942. Graduated March 24, 1942. He had Basic at Shaw Field, SC and Advanced at Moody Field, GA. Later was flying B-26's at McDill field at Tampa. Probably the same person as Roger Menges assigned to the 459th BG 758th Squadron flying a B-24 liberator # 42-78388 that was struck by German antiaircraft fire over Budapest, Hungary. He became a P.O.W. (MACR #6341.)
Rosenberg, Robert W.
Washed out at Douglas. Returned to Maxwell.
Williams, William G.
Possibly the same person as William G. Williams who was in the 319th Bomber Group, 440th Bomber Squadron flying a B-26 (S/N: 41-34874) shot down 03/02/44 by fighters and ditched in the Mediterranean. Survivors were pilot Lt. Daniel H Callihan, co-pilot Lt. William G. Williams, and engineer-gunner Joseph E Rafferty. Losses: bombardier and 2 gunners.
Washed out at Douglas.
Wysocki, R.

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