World War II Flight Training Museum and
63rd AAF Flying Training Detachment

Douglas, Georgia

Class 1945-A

Class 1945-A – World War II Flight Training Museum and the Douglas 63rd Preservation Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers in March 1945)

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Squadron 1, Class of 1945-A

Squadron 2, Class of 1945-A

Squadron 5, Class of 1945-A

Squadron 6, Class of 1945-A

Acton, Ernest Jack
Graduated Columbus, MS  T-68909. Extract from obituary found on FindAGrave: "Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force. Carried out countless missions, providing essential airlift support to the troops on the ground by flying the C-130 Hercules in Vietnam. Graduate of the University of Tennessee in the 1950s and Texas A & M University in the 1960s."
Of Chattanooga, TN
Born Feb. 15, 1925 Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Died Nov. 30, 2005 Tampa, FL.
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Roberta Smith Acton, wife
Allmon, Charles E.
Probably the same Charles E. Allmon who enlisted from CP Shelby, Miss. on Dec. 13, 1943, per
From Dickson, TN.
Born 1923.
Anderson, Robert Conrad
Graduated Columbus, MS S/N: O-841524. Served in Korea and Vietnam. Capt, per FindAGrave.
Born Jun. 4, 1927
Died Jun. 1, 1998
Atchison, Walter R.
O.A. Anderson was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. He graduated from Craig Field, AL and transitioned to P-40’s. Gunnery was at Eglin. Then the war was over and he was discharged.
Click here to read more.
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Betty Atchison, wife
Of Mobile, AL.
Belden, Owen A.
Bello, Nicholas M.
Enlisted in New York City on Nov. 27, 1942.
Was a Sergeant. See his obituary here.
From Kings Co., NY.
Born in Amsterdam, NY, on July 25th 1923.
Died November 13, 2012 Dunnellon, FL
Bianco, Howard C.
Bianco, Joseph
Boehmer, Norman R.
From Illinois.
Boyer, Benton B.
Brown, Donald B.
He graduated from Moody Field, Ga.
Kalamazoo, MI.
Bullerman, Alvin Herbert
Alvin graduated from Columbus, MS. T-68919.
Heddy Bullerman, wife
Born May 9, 1918
Died Oct. 9, 1961 per FindAGrave
Of Ft Wayne, IN.
Bunnel, Robert Louis
Inducted Nov. 5, 1942, Fort Leavenworth. Graduated Moody Field, GA.  S/N: O-841788.
He was in the New Mexico National Guard in Carlsbad, NM in 1951, where he was described as 1st Lt battallion staff officer in the 697th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battallion [Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus (Carlsbad, New Mexico), 12 Aug 1951, Sun, Page 1].
Per his obituary, he was a pilot and served over 22 years in the Air Force [source: The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 17 Aug 1981, Mon, Page 2]. Per obituary posted on FindAGrave, he retired as a Major.
Born Aug. 8, 1921 in Garnett, KS
Died Aug. 12, 1981, Aurora, Co.
Buried Santa Fe National Cemetery, NM
Wife: Lou Ann Moon
Burge, Theodore J.
Killed in a mid-air collision in formation take off in AT-6D (SN: 42-86126) at Gunter Field Montgomery, Alabama. The Colonel and Major in the other plane bailed out uninjured.
Killed: Oct. 27, 1944.
Burke, George R.
Burns, David D.
Bury, Florian J.
Per his obituary, "He served in Army Air Corp WWII".
Died August 20, 2007, age 86, Sun City West, Ariz.
Carpenter, Walter D.
Was at Spence Field, Moultrie, GA in March 1944 after visiting his mother, Mrs. Emily Carpenter, in Seaford, Del. [Source: The Morning News (Wilmington, Delaware), 20 Mar 1944, Mon, Page 10].
Married Ruth O. Brown, Mar. 30, 1943, in Seaford, Delaware [The Morning News (Wilmington, Delaware), 03 Apr 1943, Sat, Page 8].
Carr, Harold J.
Carter, Ray A.
From what may be his obituary [Rapid City Journal, The (SD) - Saturday, June 10, 2006]: "In World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic, in Pueblo, Colorado". Born May 31, 1922 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at Spearfish, SD.
Cary, James E.
He graduated from Moody Fld, GA as a 2nd Lt.
Betty Carey, wife
Of Millica Hill, N.J.
Chamashourjian, Edward
Enlisted 11 Oct 1943 in Bronx, New York.
Born 1922, probably in Michigan.
Chinnock, Charles Edward
Graduated Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841538.
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Of Erie, PA.
Born 11 Jun 1920, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
Died 4 Apr 1990 (aged 69), Clark County, Nevada
Took out a marriage license in June 1944 in Montgomery, AL to marry Lucille Habersack
See FindAGrave for his grave information.
Chupp, Donald W.
Died in the stall and spin in of a PT-17 10 mi NW of Douglas, GA on August 31, 1944. Click here for the news article on the accident.
Freemont, Nebraska
Clark, Merrill A.
Clarke, Frank Walter
Graduated Columbus, MS  S/N: O-841538.
Clifford, Edward J.
Cofer, Francis Earl Jr.
He graduated from Columbus, MS. T-68922. He had a couple of months with the Troop Carrier Command in Alaska. Then was given a choice to get out of the military and he did just that.
Mary Nell Cofer, wife
Of Crowley, TX
Collum, Glendon F.
Coolidge, Freemont E.
According to FindAGrave: Mr. Coolidge was born in Rumford, Maine. He was a Veteran of World War II serving his country in the Army Air Corp. from 1943 – 1946. He attained the rank of Corporal. He was the recipient of the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.
Cottrell, Walter D.
From Kalama, Washington in 1944
Coutts, Richard Roy
Graduated Columbus, MS, Flight Officer: T-68924. "Richard Roy Coutts, 19, son of M/M John R. Coutts of 14 Owen St., Forty Fort (PA), graduated from Columbus Army Airfield, Miss. after completing his training on twin engines." [Sources: The Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), 10 Mar 1945, Sat, Page 17, and Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), 27 Mar 1945, Tue, Page 17].

His obituary reads that during World War II he served as a pilot with the Army Air Corps [Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), 27 Nov 1993, Sat, Page 38].

Of Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre, PA
Died Nov. 6, 1993 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, age 68.
Wife: Doris P. Coutts
Burial in Forty Fort Cemetery.
Crawford, Frederick L.
Crews, Courtney E.
Per his obituary, "He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II."
Was born Feb. 26, 1924 in Roanoke, VA
Died July 3, 2003
Wife: Eleanore "Ellie" Mayne Crews, of Fairfield Glade, TN
Cromley, Harry W.
Cross, Hugo H. Jr.
Graduated from Laredo Gunnery School in 1944. He became a ball turret gunner on a B-24, completing 30 missions in eight months over Yugoslavia, Germany, northern Italy, and Czechoslovakia. Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster [Source: see attached interesting article.]
Maine in 1944. Of Georgetown, Mass. in 1955. Of Wilton, CT in 1961
Born 12 Feb 1925, Guilford, Piscataquis County, Maine
Died 20 Mar 2014, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Guilford, Piscataquis County, Maine per FindAGrave.
Cross, James R.
Crounse, Lloyd G.
Cullerton, John J.
Dalton, Norris Dean
Sandy Davidson was his instructor at Douglas. Click to see a group picture
Dalton graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-841679. He had been ordered to Lincoln, Neb. to make up a crew when the bombs were dropped on Japan. His orders were cancelled, and he was soon released. As a civilian he tried to get an airline job but there were too many pilots available. 1st Lt.
Click here to see his picture.
December 27, 1921 - September 10, 2017
Marjorie Schoenbeck Dalton, wife
Of St. Louis, MO
Davidson, Carl Marion
Graduated Columbus, MS. S/N: T-68999. From what is probably his obituary [San Antonio Express-News (TX) - Thursday, May 21, 1992]: "Retired Lt. Col. Carl M. Davidson served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam during his 30 years in the Air Force.
In 1942, he entered the Army Air Forces and completed pilot's training.
He retired in 1972 from the security service at Kelly AFB. He came to San Antonio from Darmstadt, Germany, where he was commander of the 6910th Group.
Davidson devoted himself to volunteer work at Lackland AFB and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He was named Retired Affairs Volunteer of the Year for meritorious service in 1991."
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Born in Marysville, Ohio
Died May 15, 1992, age 71.
Carol Herring Davidson, wife.
All info per obituary.
Davis, Alvin L.
On Aug 23, 1944, he had an accident in a PT-17 (41-8184) 30 mi SE of Douglas, GA, near Millwood, GA.
Davis, Edwin Eugene
Graduated Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841544. Took helicopter training later.
from Ohio
Davis, Orville L.
Davis, Richard L.
DeMartini, Edward J.
Denny, Jack E.
Dietrich, E. E.
Dietrick, Clifton C.
Distefano, Frank J.
Domholt, Orvall S.
Army Air Corps 1943-45. Graduate of U of Minnesota. Per obituary in Star Tribune, November 21, 2004.
age 84, of Minneapolis, passed away on Nov. 20, 2004
Donaldson, Robert Windram
Graduated Columbus, MS T-68927. His obituary appears in The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, New York) 09 Aug 1983, Tue, Page 4.
Born July 26, 1925 in the Bronx.
Died Aug. 8, 1983 in New Rochelle, NY
Wife: Marguerite
Drazic, William N.
Graduated Columbus Army Airfield near Columbus, MS,  S/N: O-841547, on March 11, 1945. Was in the 166 AAF Fighter Sqdn

He was killed in a plane crash while in the National Guard. The State Patrol theorized that the squadron were flying in close formation and he and another plane had crashed mid-air about 8:20 p.m. It was reported by a pilot on the ground that, before Drazic's crash, his plane was sputtering and he was dropping flares to find a place to land near Steubenville, OH. His plane exploded on impact. [Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 11 Mar 1950, Sat, Page 1, i1.]

2nd LT.
Born 25 Dec 1924, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio
Died 10 Mar 1950 (aged 25), Wintersville, Jefferson County, Ohio
Wife: Ruth Virginia Shernisky Mills
See FindaGrave.
Drenevich, Joseph P.
Obituary is published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 08 Oct 1997, Wed, Page 28
Died Oct. 5, 1997, age 76, Pennsylvania
Dutton, Fred Whittelsey
Graduated Columbus, MS S/N: O-841548. From what appear to be his obituary [Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, WA) - Tuesday, January 21, 2003]: "He was born in Bay Village, Ohio. Mr. Dutton was trained as a bomber pilot the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was married to Patricia Heim from 1946 to 1955. Then in 1955 he married Lisbeth Ann Overstreet in Sandusky Bay, Ohio."
July 12, 1925-Jan. 7, 2003 Of Port Hadlock, WA
Dykman, Carl John
Graduated Columbus, MS S/N: O-841549. Click here for more of his story.
Trucksville, PA.
Feith, Anthony Francis
Feith graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841551. Anton Francis Staub is the name he grew up with but he found out Feith was his last name on his birth certificate. Sometime before 1957 he changed his first name to Anthony. It is believed that he was a bomber pilot in both WWII and the Korean War.

On November 7, 1954 (which was after and not part of the Korean War), he was the pilot of a refurbished B-29 that was shot down by Russian fighters. Feith's plane was in Japanese (neutral) airspace and on a regular photo mapping mission. From an Air Force report: "The United States Air Force RB-29 (S/N: 42-94000) of the Ninety-First Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, which crashed yesterday morning, went down after it was fired upon by two Russian-built MiG-type fighters. Both MiGs made two firing passes at the reconnaissance bomber, setting it afire. All eleven crew members bailed out. The plane crashed on the Island of Hokkaido, ten miles east of the town of Kenebetsu. Ten of the eleven crew members landed safely on the ground. The eleventh was found dead.” See

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Born March 4 1919
Died June 15, 1992
Of Bridgeville, Del and Chester, PA.
He retired a Major in/about 1963
Fife, James Elsworth
Graduated Columbus Army Airfield, Columbus, Mississippi. After he was discharged in Nov. 1945, he went to an A & E Trade School. In January 1948, he went to work as a mechanic for Northwest Airlines. In 1951, he was recalled into the service and served a year in Korea. In Aug 1957 he went to work for NWA as a flight engineer and in 1963 on to the pilots list. He retired as a pilot of a Boeing 747.  S/N: O-841552. Captain
Flam, Hugo H. Jr.
Flam, Murray
Brooklyn NY in 1944
Flug, Eugene Roy Frank
He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841553. He served 27 1/2 months during WWII. Then 21 months during the Korean War. He flew B-19’s, also air refueling. He was also checked out in the B-36. 1st Lt.
Connie Flug, wife
Of Menomonee, Wisc.
Formanek, Donald R.
Fox, Charles D.
Fredal, Francis Joseph
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  and was discharged at the end of 1945. He was in the Reserve for a few years, in the Troop Carrier Command. He also did some Glider Towing for the 101st Airborne.
Theresa Fredal, wife
Of Warren, MI
Freeborn, James Stanley
Graduated from Columbus, MS.   S/N: O-841555.
From his obituary [Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) - Wednesday, March 7, 2007]: "Stan was a U.S. Air Force Command pilot serving in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal plus many other decorations. He retired in 1970, after 27 years in the Air Force."
LT. COL. Retired
Born Aug. 2, 1925, in Miltonvale, Kansas
Of Henderson, NV
Died March 4, 2007.
Fryer, James G.
He was in Squadron 2 at Douglas (see picture above).
Fullerton, Robert Clyde
He had Basic at Gunter Fld, AL and graduated at Columbus, MS. T-68932 in March 1945.
From his obituary [Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Sunday, August 20, 1995]: "was a retired electronics engineer. Born in Freeport, Pa., he moved to Minneola in 1991. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II."
He was in Squadron 2 at Douglas.
Nancy Fullerton, wife.
Of Minneola, FL.
Died Aug. 18, 1995, age 70.
Furlong, Francis John
McLenden was his instructor. Click here for a group picture.
Graduated from Columbus, MS,   S/N: O-841556.

He was a flight instructor at Wright-Patterson Field in 1949 when he married Aileen Joy Dugan on June 11, 1949 in Dayton, OH [Source: The Journal Herald (Dayton, Ohio), 17 Jun 1949, Fri, Page 30].

Bovey MN.
Gaigal, Peter P.
After the War he worked at Northrup.
Ann Gaigal, wife.
Of Norwood, MA
Gaston, Alfred Sandy
Graduated from Columbus, MS   T-68933.
Lake Hiawatha, NJ.
Geil, Denis Warner
He had C.T.D. at Dickenson College before coming to Douglas. McClenden was his Instructor. Click here for a group picture.
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. He graduated at Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841558. He then went into B-17’s. Later he was in a ferrying group out of Gunter Field. 1st Lt. Click here for his bio.
Bonnie Geil, wife.
Of Reno, Nev.
Gerhart, Joseph L.
Wyomissing, PA in 1944.
Getchell, Albert H.
McLendon was his instructor. He served within the U.S.A. He was discharged at the end of the war.
His obituary appeared in Record-Journal (Meriden, CT) - Tuesday, March 6, 2001
Wallington, CT
Died in Middletown, CT March 3, 2001, age 81.
Georgia Haury Getchell, wife
Gezick, Raymond
McLenden was his instructor
Gifford, Richard Dwight
“Mack” McLendon was his instructor. Click here for a group picture.
He graduated from Columbus, MS., as F.O. T-68934. He was soon discharged. From his obituary: "Dick served as an Army Air Force Pilot in WWII, and attended Cornell and Babson Colleges."
Died December 21st, 2006
Jeanne Brown Gifford, wife
Of Boca Raton, FL.
Gindhart, Charles Fred Jr.
Herb Miller was his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841559. He was assigned to the A.F.T.R.C. at Columbus. After the war he worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. until 1963. Then another insurance co. for 3 or 4 years. Then he returned to flying. He was with Mack Aviation, a large flight school and airline in New York State. 2nd Lt.
Dorothy Gindhart, wife Of Palm Bay FL.
Gioia, Louis
Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1944
Goldberg, Aaron
Goodman, G. S.
Goodwin, Ezell Jr.  "Easy"
McLendon was his instructor at Douglas. Click here for a group picture. He graduated from Columbus, MS as a F.O. S/N: T-6893. He was discharged prior to going overseas. He reenlisted as Master Sgt. then he was commissioned for the Korean war. He retired as a Capt. in 1963. Captain. Click here for more information and pictures.
Alberta Goodwin, wife
Of Stockton, MO.
Greene, Edward F.
Groves, John S.
From his obituary [Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH) - Thursday, May 1, 2003]: "He moved to Florida 23 years ago from York Beach, Maine. ... was an Air Force veteran."
Born Feb. 23, 1922, in Nashua, NH.
Died April 28, 2003 in Tampa, FL.
Of Hudson, NH in 1944
Gurtner, John R. Jr.
Hales, William Elbert
Jose Oliveros was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841562. Before he really got a chance to serve, the “Bomb" was dropped and he was discharged. 2nd Lt.
Yolanda "Yo" Hales, wife
Of Cherry Hill, NJ
Halleby, Robert L.
Hauck, Donald E.
Heard, William P.
William washed out of flight training. He was in the Battle of the Bulge in the regular Army.
Virginia Heard, wife
Of Mauve, LA
Hoepner, Roger D.
Holladay, Robert Leonard Jr.
S/N: O-841561. He was in Germany for 12 years, flew over North Pole-then USA. Strategic Air Command. Jose Oliveros was his instructor. Graduated Columbus, MS
Savannah, GA
Holland, Thomas E.
Holler, Robert E.
Hopson, Sebran Oran "Bill"
He graduated from Columbus, MS. F.O. (S/N:  T-68939). Jose Oliveros was his instructor
Evelyn Hopson, wife
Of Houston, Texas
Howell, Herman B. Sr.
Howison, Richard Stephan
Jose Oliveros was his instructor. Graduated Columbus, MS.    F.O.  T-68941.
Arlington, VA
Huber, Donald K.
Neffsville, PA in 1944
Hurd, Bradley James Jr.
Jose Oliveros and Al Crisler were his instructors at Douglas. On Aug 21, 1944, he had a forced landing due to engine failure in a PT-17 (40-1849) 8 mi S of Douglas, GA. He graduated from Columbus, MS. T-68943 in Mar. 1945. He did not get into combat. He was discharged in Jan. 1946. He joined Frontier Airlines in Jan. 1951, and retired at 60 years of age in Feb. 1985. He became an Instructor Pilot for American West Airlines on 747‘s.   2nd Lt.
Denise Hurd, wife
Of Gilbert, AR
Ingraham, Dudley S., Jr.
He went to Gunnery School. Later Dudley was Killed in Action as a ball turret gunner in a B-17 (S/N: 42-102958) with the 100th Bomb Group, 360 Bomb Sqdn while over Berlin. The plane was hit by flak on the right wing just after bombs away. Starboard engines began to flame, and the pilot put it in a steep dive to try to extinguish them. A few seconds later it pulled up in a half roll, then did a split S and went down. Two chutes were seen. When last seen the aircraft was nearly enveloped in fire.
Bristol Conn. in 1943
Mother: Mrs. Dudley S. Ingraham
Ref. MACR #12047.
Inman, Harry C. Jr.
Inman was a navigator from Kentucky, who had graduated with the Class of 44-02 at the contract flying school at Coral Gables, FL. He apparently applied for pilot training in anticipation of the Invasion of Japan and began his training approximately the 29th of June 1944 with the Class of 45A at Douglas.
Ives, Clarence Albert
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841567
Baton Rouge, LA
Jackim, Halas L.
Jackson, Andrew Aird  "Andy"
Charles Haaf was his instructor. He graduated from Moody Field, GA and was discharged at the end of the war. He re-enlisted and received his commission again during the Korean War. Afterward he flew for United Airlines, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa Airlines. He has a total of 11,000 hours. Major
Shirley Jackson, wife
Of Aurora CO.
Jacobs, Jack Mason
Chas Haaf was his instructor. Graduated from Columbus MS.   T-68944.
Per his obituary [Southtown Star (Tinley Park, Illinois) 11 Mar 1999, Thu, Page 16], "he was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II."
Born Mar. 21, 1924, Harvey, IL
Died Jan. 23, 1999, Vallejo, Calif.
Wife: Joyce.
Jacobs, Robert E.
Jacobson, Wilbur Robert
Chas Haaf was his instructor. Graduated Columbus, MS.  T-68945
Tarrytown, NY
Jarrott, James H. 3rd
Jeffries, Jonas K. R.
Jenko, Joe R.
Baltimore, MD in 1944
Jirovec, Albert John
Charles Haaf was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Columbus, MS. T-68946. He was checked out on B-25’s and then instructed in them. He was discharged in 1946. He spent a few years in the reserve.  2nd Lt.
Dorothy Jirovec, wife
Of St. Paul, Minn.
Johnson, Clayton Norris
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841569.
From what is probably his obituary [Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) - Sunday, August 1, 2004]: "Clayton N. 'Bing' Norris. He was a WWII Veteran and served three years in the Army Air Force."
of McFarland, WI
Born in Cottage Grove, WI on Oct. 4, 1924
Died July 28, 2004. wife, Dolores
Jones, James E.
Jordan, James T. Jr.
Keel, Richard C.
Keesling, Jesse C.
Kehoe, George Joseph
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841571
Kelly, John R.
Kettling, Otto C. Jr.
Kibble, George R.
Kilmer, George William
On Aug. 15, 1944, he had a forced landing due to engine failure in a PT-17 (41-8590) 7 mi N of Douglas Muni Apt, Douglas, GA. He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: T-69002
King, Ralph Hugh
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841574.

He completed a course as a helicopter pilot in 1946. In 1952 his permanent station was at Dover AFB, Delaware but was on temporary duty at San Marcos Air Base, Texas.

He died in a helicopter crash at San Marcos Air Base. He was awaiting orders for transfer to Korea when the crash occurred. See article with his picture.

Eyewitnesses to the crash of the H19 Sikorsky helicopter said the rear propeller fell off, causing the helicopter to become unstable and crash [Source The Austin American (Austin, Texas), 20 Aug 1952, Wed, Pages 1,10].

Born: 19 May 1925
Died: 19 Aug 1952
Wife: Edmonia King
Kirkland, Robert Olin
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841647
Kneser, Harlow August
Knisely, Richard Lloyd
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841577

From his obituary in the Star Tribune: "In 1943 Dick joined the Army Air Force where he was introduced to his greatest passion......flying! He went on to a long and distinguished career as an airline Pilot, flying for Colonial, Capital, North Central and finally retiring as a Captain with Republic Airlines in 1984."
"He continued his passion for flying after his retirement by purchasing an airplane he always enjoyed flying as a Cadet with the AAF, a North American AT-6. He would stay active in aviation as an instructor, teaching formation flying and instrument flying until he was 85 years old! "

of Silver Lake, MN
Born in Aitkin, Minnesota on April 29, 1925
Died May 20, 2020
Married Harriet Ann Skovgaard on March 17, 1951
Kohlmeyer, Norman L.
Although there are 2 Norman L. Kohlmeyers born in the 1920s, it may be that our man was the person killed in a crash of a B-52 on Dec. 9, 1958 in Altus, OK. T/Sgt Kohmeyer was a gunner of St. Louis, MO, and had attended Washington University in St. Louis. All facts listed here are for the Norman L. Kohlmeyer killed in the crash.
Born 1 Apr 1925 Missouri
Died 9 Dec 1958 (aged 33), Altus, Jackson County, OK
Wife: Connie
Komar, Frank A.
Kramer, Milton H.
Krause, Laurence H.
Kremzar, Frank J. Jr
If this is the right man, according to his obituary, he was a First Lieutenant in the Army serving from 1945-1948 [Source: The Journal Times (Racine, Wisconsin), 31 Oct 1996, Thu, Page 18]
Died Oct. 28, 1996, age 73, Buffalo Township, Racine, WI
Kritselis, Nicholas
Kroeger, John L.
Land, Brewster Miller
He graduated from Napier Field, AL.   S/N: O-841894
Laneau, Artie
Weymouth, MA in 1944
Lankin, Joseph D.
Lapica, Roman
He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: T-68950
Larkin, Joseph D.
Laskowski, Henry J.
Lehmann, James M.
Lewis, William M. Jr.
Liddell, Paul Lee
He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: T-68957

"He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a pilot and then pastored in several congregations before entering into evangelism" (per his obituary on FindAGrave).

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 6, 1925
Died December 28, 2013 Howell, Livingston County, Michigan
Wife: Mildred June Liddell
Lill, Calvin G.
Litman, Stoney
Ludington, Vernon Leo
Lutz, Frederick William
He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: T-68954
Mace, Claude Leo
He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841582
MacPherson, Allen B.
Lawrence, Mass. in 1944
Mahoney, Daniel G.
Manning, Lawrence J. Jr.
Mathes, Robert C.
McEwen, Robert James
He graduated from Columbus, MS. F.O.T-68955. He was held in Columbus for a time. After discharge he was in the Reserve and made 2nd Lt. He was then assigned to glider training. 2nd Lt.
Betty McEwen, wife Of Woodbridge, NJ
McIsaac, Edwin Lancelot
He graduated from Columbus, MS   T-68956.
Detroit, MI
McLean, Donald O.
McLelland, Billie Glenn
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841581. He served in both WWII and the Korean War.

He was decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal at Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, TX for meritorious service at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. He was an aircraft maintenance officer. He was commissioned in 1945 as part of the aviation cadet program. [Source: The Mexia Daily News (Mexia, Texas), 17 Jan 1965, Sun, Page 1].

In 1969, he was promoted to major. At that time he was an aircraft maintenance staff officer at Randolph AFB, Texas [Source: The Mexia Daily News (Mexia, Texas), 14 Jul 1969, Mon, Page 6].

Houston, Texas
Wife: Gwen R. Franklin
Melko, John Jr.
Bridgeport, CT in 1944
Born January 08, 1925
Died May 27, 1996
Buried Riverside Cemetery in Shelton, Connecticut
Meyers, Harold R.
Miller, Bernard Willinger
Jess Lockyer may have been his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841586. and then was assigned to the A.F.T.R.C. at Columbus, MS. He also served in the Korean war. He made the Air Force a career. He was in Air-Vac in 1952 and 1953 and had a 5 year stint at Warner Robins, Ga.    Lt. Col.
Jean Miller, wife
Of San Antonio, TX.
Miller, Grover C. Jr.
Miller, Martin Leonard
Jesse Lockyer may have been his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841587. and was assigned to the A.F.T.R.C. at Columbus, MS. He left the Service at the end of the Korean War. Then was in Engineering at Kelly Field, TX.  Major
Pasadena, TX.
Miltenberger, Emil B.
Mizell, Floyd Monroe
He graduated from Columbus, MS, S/N: O-841589, and was assigned to the A.F.T.R.C. at Columbus. He was in P-51 fighters. Then into B-29's and assigned to the Atom Bomb Program. He left the Air Force and received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Medicine at Ohio State Univ.   Captain
Tylertown, MS
Monaghan, Henry
Jesse Lockyer was his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. as F.O. T-68959. Since the war was nearly over his service was in the U.S.A. only, including at Scott A.F.B.
Joyce Monaghan, wife
Of Wheaton, IL
Monfort, Ralph
Muirhead, Cecil Newton Jr.
He graduated from Columbus, MS.  S/N: O-841590

He was a captain in the Air Rescue Service and stationed at Houston during the third manned Gemini Space Flight [Source: Orlando Evening Star (Orlando, Florida), 21 Aug 1965, Sat, Page 16].
In 1974, as a colonel, he moved from being in command of the 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recover Wing to the headquarters of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois [Source: The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), 26 Jun 1974, Wed, Page 14].

From his obituary on FindaGrave: "He served 34 years in the Air Force. Cy was a highly decorated Pilot who served his country with pride and honor as the Commander of the 41st Air Rescue wing. He was MAC's "only Combat Wing Commander." Additionally, he served as the Commander of Rescue Forces in Viet Nam, most notably, the architect of the famous "Bat. 21" rescue mission."

Born in San Antonio, TX on June 14th, 1925
Died April 18, 2007
wife Marlene
Muldoon, Richard C.
He worked at the Portsmouth Navy Yard for 14 years.
2nd Lt.
Click here for his picture
Lillie Muldoon, wife
West Newbury, MA
Muller, Albert Joseph
He graduated from Advanced at Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841591. He served in the S.W. Pacific flying C-47's. He was in Guam, Iwo Jima and then on to Tokyo
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Frances Muller, wife
Murray, Kenneth Malcolm Jr.
Norman Page was his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841592. He served in the U.S.A. He was discharged at the end of the war. He was in the Reserve for a few years.
Indianapolis, IN
Murrell, James O.
Musco, Steve
New Haven, CT
Neel, Richard
Nolty, John B.
Norris, Jack W.
Norton, Charles M.
Novotny, Walter Victor
Glenn Harrington was his Douglas instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841595. He served In WWII and was discharged. He re-enlisted for Korea and received his commission back. He made Captain in the active Air Force and later was a Major in the Reserves. As a civilian, he was an Air Traffic Controller at Niagara Falls, N.Y  Major
Marjorie Novotny, wife
Of Tonawanda, N.Y.
O'Neill, William T. Jr.
Paris, James E.
Parmelee, Charles Roy
He graduated from Moody Field, Valdosta, GA. S/N: O-841754. Assigned to Moody.
Dallas, Texas
Patenaude, Lionel Valentine
He graduated from Columbus as F.O. T-69250. He received his college degrees just in time to be recalled for the Korean War. He then stayed in the A.F. until retiring as a Major.
From his obituary [San Antonio Express-News (TX) - Sunday, November 25, 2012]: "A proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War he served in the United States Air Force for twenty six years including serving as the U.S. Air Force information officer for Berlin during the Berlin crises of the early 1960s. He also earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Texas at Austin to which he was ever loyal. After retiring from the Air Force as a major he taught at St. Mary's University and San Antonio College where many students said that he inspired them to excel. Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery."
Born in Chicopee Massachusetts, he became an adopted Texan after marrying native Texan Laura Darnell.
Of San Antonio, TX
Died November 19 2012 at the age of 90.
Perkins, Albert Jr.
Fred Briles was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Shaw Field (BT-13 AT-6’s). He graduated from Moody Valdosta. (AT-6 & B-25’s) Then he flew Navigators in training. Next he went to Smyrna, TN and assembled a crew. Then the war was over. He went to the Univ. of Tennessee Dental School. He practiced Dentistry for 35 years an retired In 1986. Click here for his bio and pictures (a PDF)
2nd Lt.
Wife: Louise Perkins
Of Littlefield, TX.
Perrin, Stanley Franklin
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841598

He and Flight Officer Louis J. Mikolajak of Buffalo were killed on Aug. 2, 1945, when their single-engine plane presumably developed engine trouble and crashed into a house in Oakland County, MI. The plane was flying from Romulus Air Field. The residents of the house barely escaped injury and were not killed [Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), 03 Aug 1945, Fri, Page 13].

Pontiac, MI
Polter, Jerome
Powell, Edmund B.
Powell, John F.
Quinn, John E.
Ragan, Robert W.
Ramsey, Nathan J.
Reed, Raymond A.
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Craig Field. He served in the Troop Carrier Group. He flew C-119's and U-3 Cessnas and the A-37's. He was discharged in 1971. As a civilian he was an Air Traffic Controller in Cleveland and at several other places. Major [The previous information was obtained partly via personal contact and conflicts slightly with his obituary below].
From his obituary [Erie Times-News (PA) - Saturday, June 23, 2012]: "Raymond served his country for 40 years, enlisting in 1943 with the Army Air Force, where he served as a bomber pilot in WWII and retired from the Air Force in 1983. After his retirement from the military, Raymond worked as an Air Traffic Controller for 20 years at the Youngstown and Dubois Airports. He was also a Certified Flight Instructor for many years at the Chess Lamberton Airport, in Franklin."
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Born November 18, 1923 in Rural Valley, Pa.
Died May 21, 2012
Marion Reed, wife
Of Girard, Pa., formerly of Seneca, Pa.
Rice, Richard J.
Robbins, George Arthur
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841642
Roberts, Richard J.
Roumillat, Francis E.
In August 1945, he was a LT at Craig Field as the Post Salvage Officer [Source: The Selma Times-Journal (Selma, Alabama), 09 Aug 1945, Thu Page 10].
Appeared to be living in Florida in the 1960s.
Salter, Oscar Richard
Salvador, William C.
Sandrock, Vernon Herbert
He graduated at 19 years old from Columbus, MS. S/N: O-841606. Larry Rice was his instructor. After graduation, he was assigned to Dodge City, Kansas for training as a bomber pilot. However, while at Dodge City, he suffered an aircraft collision in which he suffered a broken back and severe cuts on his head, face and hands. He was put into a cast and was expected to be in the hospital for 2-3 months [Source: The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 29 Apr 1945, Sun Page 18].

According to FindAGrave, he served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

See the attached article on his service and awards while serving in Vietnam.

Brig. Gen.
Born 13 Jul 1925, Griggs Township, Ida County, Iowa
Died 30 Dec 1998 (aged 73), San Diego County, Calif.
Married Elizabeth Dorothy Dye, June 25, 1950
Sapousek, Oliver Frank A. "Wally"
Larry Rice was his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS. S/N: T-68969.
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Omaha, NB.
Married Carol Nordeen, Dec. 6, 1953
Sapsford, Leslie A.
Schallock, Art
Schmidt, Harry C.
Larry Rice was his instructor. He washed out in Basic. Then went to A&E school and worked on B-24's until he was discharged. Recalled for Korea as a W.O. Retired from the Air National Guard as a Lt. Col. In 1980.
Genevieve Schmidt, wife
Of Carlyle, IL
Schnedl, Edwin F.
Per his obituary, "During World War II he was an Army Air Forces fighter pilot with the Flying Tigers unit in the China-Burma-India theater of operations." He also was an architect, inventor and musician who also studied for the Episcopal priesthood, received a master's degree in divinity and did pastoral counseling.
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Born in Cincinnati and graduated from North Carolina State University
died Oct. 2, 2000, age 75, Alexandria, VA
Wife: Jean Noble Schnedl
Schoening, Frank J.
Per what is believed to be his obituary, he served in both World War II and Korea. He was an electrician and a radio-controlled airplane model builder. He was a part-time commercial pilot. [Source: The Californian (Salinas, California), 20 Aug 1992, Thu, Page 10.]
Died Aug. 17, 1992, age 69, in Monterey, Calif.
Wife: Rosemarie Schoening
Schreier, John E.
Schroeder, Howard W.
Schufman, Joseph L.
Highest rank achieved: Aviation Cadet. See FindAGrave.
See also his obituary here.
Born 1 Aug 1919
Died 19 Apr 2004
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
Wife: Yvonne M Dolphin Schufman
Self, Hubert G. Jr.
Shemaitis, Raymond
According to his wife's obituary, she met him when he was on his way to the Korean War. We do not know what roll he had.
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Born Aug 20, 1930
Died Aug 21, 1979 in Elgin, Ill.
Wife: Rhina (Rina) Victoria Orellana Shemaitis
Sherry, Thomas S.
Charles Sherrill was his instructor at Douglas. He flew   P-51’s in Korea. Later it was F-86’s in N. Africa, France and Germany. This was followed by instructing in T-33’s at Valdosta. He was also in Vietnam. He retired in 1970 and has stayed that way. Lt.Col.
Mary Sherry, wife. Of Phoenix, AZ
Shirley, Robert K. Jr.
Shotwell, Jack Andrew Jr.
Charles Sherrill was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Columbus S/N: O-841613. He was discharged at the end of the war. He reenlisted in the A.F. in 1946. Received a Commission in 1951 and retired in 1965. Major.
Jean Shotwell, wife Of Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Sirvis, John V.
Skurauskis, Victor
He graduated from Columbus, MS  T-68974.
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Chicago, Illinois
Slanga, John
He graduated from Columbus, MS  T-68975.
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See his obituary at
John Slanga in uniform
of Detroit, MI.
Wife Patricia
Died April 18, 2012, age 86.
Slater, Berl Wayne
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-84164?. He was in the Florida (Tampa) National Guard and was promoted to 1st LT in 1955.

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St. Louis, MO.
Slosarik, Stephen Edward
He graduated from Columbus, MS S/N: O-841617.
Saltsburg, PA.
Smith, Claire Rhicardo
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841619.
According to what is probably his obituary, "he was employed as a restaurant cook and a veteran of World War II." [Source: Galesburg Register-Mail (Galesburg, Illinois), 26 Mar 1973, Mon, Page 15.]
Born Apr 27, 1922, Galesburg, IL
Died Mar. 25, 1973, Oquawka, IL
Smith, Clarence B.
Soriano, Fred
Raritan NJ.
Sorton, William C.
Spear, Calvin O.
Stakes, Charles Wesley
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841622
Stephens, John P.
Stevens, Seaborn R. Jr.
Stewart, Winston George
He graduated from Columbus, MS  T-68983.
Based on what is believed to be his obituary , "he entered the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in 1941 at the end of his junior year. He was 17 years old. Originally trained to be a meteorologist, the usage of radar played an instrumental role in him being retrained and billeted as a commissioned flight officer." After the war he obtained a medical degree. "The Korean Conflict prompted more service to his country, but this time as a naval medical officer serving on an ice breaker off Greenland."
born Feb. 10, 1924, in Barre, Vt.
died June 22, 2012, Bar Harbor, ME
Storch, John Henry
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841625.
From his obituary [Centre Daily Times (State College, PA) - Sunday, July 19, 2009]: "He graduated from State College High School in 1943 and was a Penn State music major, class of 1949. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. As a first lieutenant, he served as an instructor and was trained as a B-25 pilot. Upon the death of his father in 1949, he took over the family business, Storch Motor Company, in State College."
He was born June 27, 1925, in Bellefonte, PA.
Died July 15, 2009 in Delray Beach, Fla.
Stout, William Robert
He graduated from Columbus, MS  S/N: O-841626. From his obituary [Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Wednesday, February 13, 1991]: "Lt. Col. William Robert Stout of Beaverton, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. During his 36-year Air Force career, he served in the United States, England, Germany and in several Asian countries. After his military retirement in 1979, he moved back to Portland. In 1983, he began working on special assignment for the U.S. government in Ankara, Turkey. He retired and moved back to the United States in September."
He was born July 21, 1925, in Minneapolis, Kan. He moved to Portland in 1937 and later moved to Medford, where he graduated from high school.
Died Feb. 7, 1991 in Tallahassee, Fla
Wife: Bernice M. Stout
Strickland, Stanley
East Haven, Conn. in 1944
Taylor, Harland
Toenyes, Bernard G.
Turley, James K.
Updegraff, Don M.
Van Hoven, Conrad J.
Van Natten, Murel Edward
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841633
Vandever, William G.
He remained a Flight Officer and left the service as soon as he could do so.
Margaret Vandever, wife.
Of Tulsa, Okla
Vigue, Joseph G.
Vos, Paul Mowrey
He had Basic at Shaw Fld, SC, and Moody Fld, Ga for Advanced. He was a B-25 instructor at Columbus, MS.
Walker, Edward N.
Walker, William W. Jr.
Warvi, Harold M.
Waterbury, David Eugene
He graduated from Columbus, MS  T-68990.
In 1954, he was a lieutenant stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida [Source: Abbeville Herald (Abbeville, Alabama), 26 Aug 1954, Thu, Page 3].

Per FindAGrave, he was a Lt Col, US Air Force. Command pilot. And served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam. He received the DFC (3 times), Air Medal (9), and Commendation Medal (2).

From Hobart, OK.
Born Died
Buried Sunset Hills Memorial Park Bellevue, King County, Washington
Married Martha Jean Fuller, Oct. 24, 1954, at Cairo, GA
Watson, Jerry Frank
Anderson was his instructor at Douglas.
Click here for his picture with a PT-17
Basic at Gunter Fld, Al and graduated from Advanced at Napier Fld, AL. Reported for assignment with the Fifth Air Force in Japan in late 1948. For 3-1/2 years, as Captain, he was at Scott Field, ILL. He then went to Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque, NM for overseas assignment in late March 1956. He completed a tour of duty in the Marshall Islands about Sept 1956. In Jan. 1970, as a Lt. Col., he received a Commendation Medal at Robins AFB, GA, for his leadership as a commander at Robins AFB. He retired in 1970.
The above is taken from numerous newspaper accounts in the Dothan, AL newspaper.
See also FindAGrave.
Of Dothan, AL in 1944
Born 5 Feb 1925, Died 24 Jan 1994
Buried Gardens of Memory, Kinsey, Houston County, Alabama
Mary Nell Collier Watson, wife.
Jerry Frank Watson
Way, Donald J.
Weinle, Albert
He graduated from Napier Field, AL as FO T-69156

See FindAGrave

Died July 1, 1981 at Fox Chase, Philadelphia, PA
Welch, Louis Jr.
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841651
Wheeler, Herbert Robertson
He graduated from Columbus, MS T6899?.
Buffalo, NY
White, Vernon G.
Whitehill, Blaine G.
Willets, Howard Jr.
Williams, Harold Robert
Williams, James Robert
R.M. Nelson was his instructor at Douglas. Basic at Gunter Fld, AL and Advanced at Columbus, MS.
Phyliss Williams, wife.
Of Sedona, AZ
Williams, William T.
Wilson, Tom A.
Witten, Wanace E.
Witting, Neil P. Jr.
Wold, Norman Wesley
Walt Kuchner was his instructor. He graduated from Columbus, MS  S/N: T-68996.
From his brief obit [Grand Forks Herald (ND) - Tuesday, April 13, 1999]: "Wold, Norman, 72, Brooklyn Park, Minn., formerly of Page and Fargo, Died April 9, 1999."
Mabel, MN
Woodmancy, Huber W.
Woodyard, John Joseph
He graduated from Columbus, MS  S/N: O-841654.
From his obituary [Fayetteville Observer, The (NC) - Sunday, November 24, 2002]: "HOPE MILLS -- Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Joseph Woodyard, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002. Burial with military honors will be in Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville."
Lt. Col.
Wife, “Boots” Woodyard
Wray, Jack D.
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841652, 2nd LT.

He joined the Civil Air Patrol in Shawnee, OK in April 1946. The Civil Air Patrol had a PT-17 as their sole airplane. On Nov. 8, 1946 he married Ida Gosnell in Shawnee. He became a dentist.

Fort Wayne, IN.
Buried Drumright North Cemetery, Drumright, Creek County, Oklahoma
Wright, Merrill
Yochim, Anthony P.
He graduated from Columbus, MS   S/N: O-841655. Per his obituary on FindAGrave, "Tony was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and continued service in the Army Reserves until his retirement in 1980."
Born 27 Jul 1924, Erie, Pennsylvania
Died 13 Feb 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania
Wife: Rita Ann Whaling Yochim
Yukes, Kenneth L.
Zerba, Robert Dale
He graduated from Napier Field, AL.  S/N: O-841687.

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