Roger Receveau

Picture of Roger Receveau ROGER RECEVEAU, born on 8th August 1919/LE MANS/FRANCE. I began flying gliders at 14, and was patented pilot at 17. I was at the University when the war was declared. I entered the Air Force as a Military pupil pilot in 1939, but couldn't share in 1940 fights.

When German's Invasion began, I started for North Africa, piloting a bomber. After the American landing, November 1942, I asked for being drafted to LAFAYETTE's flight that I rejoined in Tunisia, August 1943. Converted on CURTISS P-40, I executed 60 War Missions at the Coastal Command. We received then the P-47 and went to Corsica, from where we had a share in the Campaign of Italy.

During earth attacks, I was hit several times by the FLACK (windshield broken, shell of 40 mm in one wing, shell of 20 mm in the depth control...). I participated then in the landing of Provence and, by September, we settled in Amberieux.

On 3rd October 1944, I was shot down by the FLACK, during the attack of an armoured column in Germany, and crashed near Freiburg. Passing under a high voltage wire, I swept several trees before I stopped at the foot of a centenarian oak. Wounded by shell splinters, I was lynched (left arm twisted, ribs broken a.s.o....) I stayed in jail for a month before rejoining the Luft Stalag 1 in Barth near the Baltic.

I executed 132 War Missions, among which 72 on P-47. I was Flying-Officer. Freed by the Russians in May 1945, I became Test Pilot for 5 years.

I made the prime tests on Jets (MESSERSCHMIDT 262, DE HAVILLAND, VAMPIRE, GLOSTER METEOR, SHOOTING STAR P-80, SO 6000, DASSAULT OURAGAN a.s.o.)

I took then the command of a fighter group and ended my career at the Military Air Force Experiment Center in Mont de Marsan. I'm actually general manager of a society, reserve Wing Commander. . . and I practice Delta Plane.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae. 'Cause I've been shot down, I didn't keep any keepsakes nor photos of the war. All my wealth has been dispersed after my vanishing.

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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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