JULIAN MarDOCK, M.D., has been
a practicing surgeon for thirty years in Dallas, Texas, only a few miles from where he was
born in 1919 to Sam and Wong MarDock,
pioneer Chinese settlers in Texas. Julian
finished Tyler High School, Tyler Junior
College, and the University of Texas before
signing on as an Aviation Cadet a week after
Pearl Harbor. It was noted that he was one of
the first Chinese-Americans to enter pilot
After training at Sikeston, MO, Waco, TX,
and Lake Charles, LA, he was graduated as a
pilot and Second Lt. in class 42I. Lt. MarDock was first assigned to the 348th Fighter
Gp. where he checked out and flew the P-47 .
On the tenth flight a Jug caught fire and the
trainee rode it to the ground. . ..not the best
way to handle the situation. . . they carried
him away in an ambulance.
Six months in the hospital because of a
skull fracture, fractures of the arm and leg
and multiple lacerations. Three months
grounded, three months working as a ground
officer (horrors), and finally pilot status
One day a P-47 needed a test hop. Knees
knocking, palms sweating, the ex-patient
went out to the big plane which looked just
like the one that had caught fire the year
before, got into the cockpit and flew it for two
hours. This was a big day in the life of the
Lt. MarDock went overseas to the E.T.0.
in November '43 as a casual replacement to
the Ninth Air Force. Having only 20 hours
in tactical aircraft he was assigned to transport duty. However, six months later, with
the permission of General Lew Brereton he
was assigned to the 363rd Reconnaissance
Gp. which flew F-5s (P-38 photo planes).
In the next year he flew 100 photo-recon
missions with the Ninth Air Force and was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and
the Air Medal with 9 clusters.
In this tour he
took a lot of pictures, and dodged a lot of MEs,
FWs, and Jets. Toward the end of the war,
MarDock flew three P-47 missions with the
373rd Fighter Gp. He was transferred back
to the ZI in May '45.
One day after being discharged from the
military, MarDock entered Cornell University Medical College and graduated four years
later as an M.D. (1949) He then took four
years of surgery training under Dr. Michael
DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley. In 1954 he
started practice in Dallas, Texas where he
lives with his wife of 37 years. . . the former
Ruth Helen Wilhelm.
P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair
He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison
The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also
dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian
It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles
Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt
Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit
in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral
After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose
Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on
ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle
Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson
After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T
.0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.