Edgar G. Obie

Picture of Edgar Obie EDGAR G. OBIE, born Sept. 29, 1918 at Havre, Mt. Went to school at Chinook, Mt. of which I graduated from in 1937. Before entering the service, I farmed in the summer with my Father and was a coal mine hoist operator in the winter.

I enlisted in the Army Air Corp in Sept. of 1941. I graduated from Air Corp mechanic school in June of 1942. I graduated as a flight engineer on B-17 and B-24 in July 1942.

I was graduated and commissioned from Aviation Cadet on July 28, 1943 at Marianna, Florida. I joined P-47 Squadron at Charleston, S.C. 36th F.G. 53rd F.S. and flew 300 hours as test pilot and training for combat. I had 3 forced landings breaking the blower gear drive and had a four inch cres- cent wrench lock ailerons in full right posi- tion. This happened while strafing, which makes for a pretty tough landing.

My best friend Lt. Bogard was killed in the winter of 1943. We climbed our planes to 45,000', we were testing what they then called compressability. He dove steeper than I did and never pulled out. I pulled out at five to ten thousand feet above ground and made it, we figure we were doing about 800 M.P .H. I was not hurt nor was the airplane.

We went overseas early in 1944 E.T.O. We flew a couple escort missions with B-17 and B-24 but later mostly strafing and dive bombing.

I flew 75 missions - 3 missions on D-day. I had eight of my planes shot up bad enough to go to repair depot but these 47's were real tough. I never bailed out and always managed to get them back to home base.

I received the Purple Heart in May of 1944, Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, and American Defense Service Ribbon.

The last few months I was flight-leader but when I got my 75 missions in I decided to call it quits, a DEAD CAP'T. isn't worth a damn.

I returned home about Christmas, was married to Dorothy C. Chapman, on Jan. 31st, 1945. I was then sent to San Angelo, Texas as an Instructor. I got out of the service in June 1945 and started my own Flying Service here in Chinook, Mt. and have been doing Air-Taxi, Aerial Spraying and Flight Instruction for 35 years. We have two sons, Edgar Lee who is 30 yrs. old, has a degree in Business Education and Business Administration and is now my Chief Pilot. The younger son, Larry is 26 years old and a Graduate of Pacific University in Oregon, and is a Dr. of Optometry.

My operation consists of two spray planes, three air-taxi planes and one student and rental aircraft. I am 61 years old with 25,000 hrs. flying time, so one of these years I hope to retire. I am serving as Mayor of the City of Chinook at the present time and after ten years of that I'm ready to retire from that too.

I am a Life Member of the P.47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association.

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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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