Glen T. Noyes

Picture of Glen Noyes GLEN T. NOYES entered the Army Air Force on Dec. 10, 1942 at Los Angeles, Calif. Sent to Lincoln AAF, Nebr. for basic training he was subsequently assigned for six weeks college refresher training at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Assigned to Santa Ana Army Air Base Cadet Classification Center in May, 1943, he was selected for pilot training, Class 44BX, and graduated from Luke AAF, Ariz., on Feb. 8, 1944. His assignment following graduation as an "instructor pilot" with the 3rd Air Force at Baton Rouge, La., was a bitter disappointment.

But bitterness turned to pure joy when the assignment was actually to fly P-47's at Abilene AAF, Texas.

Noyes is one of the few who has flown all of the '47's - the 0-47 and P-47 at Abilene, the C-47 at various places and times, and the Boeing B-47 as a Strategic Air Command combat crew commander.

Assigned to the 373rd Fighter Group, 412th Fighter Sq. as a replacement upon going overseas, shortly after "D-Day" Noyes and about 10 other pilots were in the advanced echelon to go to Normandy and make ready the facilities for the Group.

Caught in the Battle of St. Lo, they wandered about Normandy for three days before locating an apple orchard near Bayeaux, which within a few days was transformed into an airfield with two pierced planking runways.

Checkout for combat consisted of a couple flights with Capt. Eldridge Bates and Capt. Les Hough for familiarization. Before the war wound down, Noyes flew 88 missions. All but five involved bombing and strafing attacks. On Dec. 22, 1943, he shot down an ME-109 on a head-on pass while the squadron was reassembling west of Bonn, Germany. Earlier his Jug was hit and severely damaged by flak west of Koln on Friday, Oct. 13, but the Jug got him back to Belgium before he had to crash land at over 150 mph.

Thirteen days later he bailed out when he couldn't jettison a live bomb and landing gear was damaged by flak.

He spent VE Day in London and returned to the USA on June 4 aboard the SS Payne. Wingate, a Liberty ship which was rammed by a British tanker in Mid-Atlantic on the last day of convoy of WW II. It limped into Hoboken, N.J. and was salvaged.

Out of the service in Nov., 1945, Noyes worked as a news reporter and photographer and flew P-51 Mustangs in the California Air National Guard until returning to active duty in August, 1950. In the USAF, his assignments included instructor pilot in T-6's, T-28's, B-25's and T-33's; F-86F's and F-86D's in the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea and Okinawa; F-86D's with the 86th FIW at Ramstein AB, Germany; B-47's and B-52's in SAC.

He flew 65 B-52 missions in S.E. Asia. Colonel Noyes' final assignment was as Base Commander, RAF Upper Heyford, England, in support of the F-lll mission.

He retired in Feb., 1973. A widower, he was married to the former Betty Haney of Pittsburgh. Their two daughters, Susan and Gail-Anne reside in California. Noyes returned to his home town, Redlands, Calif., where he is sales manager for a real estate firm.

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John Abbotts 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.
William Anderson 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.
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