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Class 1942-J

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(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Nov. 10, 1942)
Bentley, James Michael
Advanced at Turner Fld, Ga. S/N: O-792499. Piloted B-24s with the 376th Bomb Grp 514th Bomb Sqdn in the Mediterranean Theater. See www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/bentley_james_crew.html
Dunkirk, N.Y.
Blount, Winton Malcolm Jr.
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga.
Union Springs, AL
deLaet, Alberic (a.k.a. Alberic Laet)
Enlisted 19 Jan 1942 in New York City. Advanced at Turner Fld, Ga. S/N: O-792820. He served 3-1/2 years as a B-25 pilot, flying 50 missions over Sicily and Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. Upon returning to the U.S. he was attached to the public relations office of the Middletown Air Service Command. In May 1945 he joined the diplomatic service. See an article about his service here.
Of Mamaroneck, NY
Born December 9, 1917
Died November 2, 2002

Married WASP Mary Waters, class of 1944-3, on Jan. 4, 1945 in Middletown, PA.

Read his obituary here

Denlinger, Carl Martin
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC. Was a B-25 pilot with the "The Air Apaches" of 345th Bomber Grp 499th Bomber Sqdn flying missions in the South-West Pacific Area. Apparently, he went on to develop equipment for crop dusting aircraft.
2LT FromĀ  OH
Devlin, Paul Edward
Advanced at Turner Fld, Ga. S/N: O-792879. He was a B-25 pilot with the 12th Bomber Grp 82nd Bomber Sqdn flying missions in the Mediterranean Theater. See http://airforcehistoryindex.org/data/000/115/755.xml
LT From Elmhurst, N.Y.
Egbert, Howard Deeter
Advanced at Turner Fld, Ga. S/N: O-793214. Based on The Journal Herald (Dayton, Ohio) 04 Jun 1945, Mon, Page 1, Capt. Howard D. Egbert flew 50 missions over 11 months in a B-25 in Europe. He returned to the U.S. in January 1945 and was stationed at Wright Field. See an article about his promotion.
DFC, PH, Air Medal with 7 clusters.
Fariello, Frank N.
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. was a P-39 pilot with the 35th Fighter Grp 41st Fighter Sqdn flying missions in the South-West Pacific Area.
CPT during War. Later Lt. Col. Originally fromĀ  NY. Later of Palo Alto, CA.

Lois Fariello, wife.

Faroe, Edward Ellis
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC. He appears to have graduated at Turner Field, for he was involved in a minor landing accident in a North American BC-1A on September 17, 1942. He became a B-17 pilot with the 385th Bomber Grp 549th Bomber Sqdn flying missions in Europe. He received the DFC: click here for a photo and newspaper article.
Capt.
Flushing, NY
Frear, Robert H.
Fradel was his instructor at Douglas. S/N: O-793604. He was killed Nov. 20, 1942 in a P-39D (S/N: 41-7069).

"LT. ROBERT H. FREAR, 26, former chief announcer of WIBX, Utica, N. Y., was killed last week when his Army P -39 plane crashed as he was about to land at Cross City Field, Fla., after a routine training flight. Lt. Freer, an ex- perienced civilian pilot, had received his Army commission only ten days before the fatal accident. Funeral services were held at Utica last Friday afternoon. At WIBX he had edited the Farm News program and handled the Socony- Vacuum newscast seven times daily." per (http://americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1942/1942-11-30-BC.pdf).

Ghiselin, Clark Moore
Click here for a group picture. Fradel was his instructor at Douglas.
Of Dade City, Florida. Born May 13, 1920; Died Mar. 28, 1992.
Gibson, Walter M.
Washed out at Douglas and became a bombardier (S/N: O-734335). He was in the 100th Bomb Gp. and had 13 missions over Germany in B-17's. He also flew in Korea and retired as a Captain in 1965.
Minnie Gibson, wife.
Of Goldsboro, NC
Greever, Edgar Phillip
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. He flew 60 missions over Burma in a B-25. Captain. Click here for his biographical letter (opens as a PDF).
Lucie Greever, wife.
Of Burke's Garden, Va
Grenier, Walter Jean
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC. S/N: O-793319. He became a pilot in the 100th Bomb Gp. On Sept. 6, 1943, he was flying a mission to Stuttgart, when his B-17F (S/N: 42-30345) with a crew of 10 was shot down by fighters over Colmar France (MACR #687). He became a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 7A near Nurenburg, Germany. He remained a P.O.W. for 2 years. After the War, he attained the rank of captain in the Army Reserves. He obtained a doctorate in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and went on to supervise a youth home and perform other public services. See https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=2025&Itemid=122 for more information.
Of Flushing, NY.
Born Oct. 31, 1917, in Bordeaux, France.
Died Feb. 12, 2012, in Ellsworth, Maine.
Harbin, James H.
Charles Stanton was his instructor. He had basic at Shaw Fld, SC.
Atlanta, GA
Harkness, Orlo V.
Paul Walker was his instructor. Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. He had a 29 year career in The Air Force. This included flying the 'Hump' and also flying Air Force One, for a total of 13,500 hours.
Maxine Harkness, wife.
Of Leesburg, VA
Haver, John E.
He became a navigator (S/N: O-796998) in the 308th Bomb Gp 373rd Bomb Sqdn. Haver was killed May 28, 1944 when his B-24J, #42-73309 "Trouble Maker," crashed neat Kweilin, China on its way back to a forward base after a sea search mission in the South China Sea. (MACR #05348). Click here for Find-A-Grave information.
Hedin, Charles E.
He was probably at Douglas based on his flying accident on May 23, 1942 in a PT-17 (41-8599) at Douglas. He probably had Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. S/N: O-793334.
He was a pilot with the 533rd Bomber Squadron, 381st Bomber Group, Heavy and was killed when his B-17 (#42-3223) caught on fire and exploded over Rattlesden Air Field, Rattlesden, England.
Enlisted from New York on January 21, 1942.
Born Delaware Aug. 18, 1918
Heinold, R. C.
Charles Stanton was his instructor. He had basic at Shaw Fld, SC. and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. S/N: O-793336
From New York.
Highhouse, Elwood L.
John Fradel was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated: S/N: O-793338. He died from non combat in a P-39N (S/N: #42-9305) on Mar. 26, 1943. Click here for a group picture.
2nd Lt.
Jamestown, Chautauqua County, NY
Homa, John
He was probably at Douglas based on his flying accident on May 23, 1942 in a PT-17 (41-25299) at Douglas.
He enlisted Jan 21 1942 in Binghamton, NY. He may be the John Homa who was a pilot with the 439th Troop Carrier Group and flew C-47s, which delivered supplies during the Rhine crossing of March 24, 1945.
LT
Of Binghamton, NY
Born 1920.
Married Irene M. Fedor.
Johnson, Albert C.
Washed out at Douglas and became a bombardier in B-17's in the 379th Bomber Grp 524th Bomber Sqdn. S/N: O-733315. He was shot down over Germany on July 7, 1943 and became a POW in Luft Stalag 3 (MACR #01766).
Nell Johnson, wife.
2LT
Originally of FL, later of LaGrange, GA
McGlaughlin, James J.
Buddy Hasell was his instructor. He had Basic at Macon, GA and Advanced at Napier Fld, Al. He served in the Middle East and Africa with the A.T.C. flying C-47's. 1st. Lt.
St. Louis, MO
Nice, Robert Andrew
Fradel was his instructor at Douglas. He was in the 14th A.F. 341st Bomb Gp, 11th Bomb Sqdn flying B-25's in the China-India-Burma Theater. (He is a witness in MACR #1631 for crash of B-25 S/N: 41-30457.) Click here for a group picture.
Born April 13, 1920, in Queens, N.Y.
See his May 10, 2010 obit for much more information.
Pearson, Rowland
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga. He spent nine month in India flying the cargo version of the B-24 servicing the 20th A.F. in China. He flew 68 round trips over the "Hump", most of it on instruments. Retired from the reserves as a Major. Click here for his bio as a PDF (opens in a new window).
Beverly Pearson, wife
Of Zellwood, Fl
Simpson, William Monroe, Jr.
Basic at Shaw Fld, SC and Advanced at Turner Fld, Albany, Ga., S/N: O-793384. On Apr. 12, 1944 he was killed in a flying accident in Georgia.
Pittsburg, PA
Sparks, Herbert Paul
Enlisted Jan. 3, 1942. He died at age 23 in an accident while ferrying aircraft. The single engine army aircraft he was piloting crashed mid-air with another plane near Greeneville, TN. on Dec. 17, 1942.
Swedesboro, NJ

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