J.W. Jerry Wurmser

Picture of Jerry Wurmser J.W. "JERRY" WURMSER was born March 16, 1923, in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated in the Class of 44-A from Eagle Pass, Texas and then reported to Randolph Field for training as a flight instructor. His next post was at Majors Field, Greenville, Texas, a basic flying school, where he served as a flight instructor for three months.

In May of '44 he checked out in P-40's at Moore Field, Mission, Texas. His next post was at Dover AAB for P-47 transition, after which he sailed for France, finally joining the 316th Fgtr. Sqdn" 34th Group, in October, 1944 and flew his first mission in November.

He flew 66 dive-bombing, strafing and road recce missions. In March, 1945, he spent 10 days as a forward observer with the 45th Infantry Division coordinating and directing fighter-bomber support as they breached the Siegfried line.

The squadron moved to Stuttgart, Germany, on May 7, 1945. Jerry managed to get R&R twice - in Cannes and London. He was rotated back to the States in September and was separated from the service in November, 1945. Within a month after returning home, he met his future wife, Rose Rita Levens.

In January, 1946, he re-enrolled at the University of Louisville to begin his Junior year. He again met his young lady - she was enrolling as a freshman - and their romance blossomed. They were engaged in October, 1946, and were married in June, 1947. They have three daughters, one son and four grandchildren.

From 1945 through 1952 Jerry was an active member of a reserve squadron, flying AT-6's. After a number of years in various endeavors, Jerry, along with this wife, found his niche in the wholesale toy business. He had heart bypass surgery in 1976.

In 1984, after almost 30 years of G.I. Joe and Cabbage Patch Dolls, he retired.

Jerry became a member of the Caterpillar Club after doing a Split-S in a 47 and getting into compressibility. His claim to fame is that he almost broke the sound barrier on June 9, 1945 [date corrected below by daughter to 1944- wjf], at 6:05 p.m. over Salisbury, Maryland, and lived to tell about it.

In 1981 he rediscovered the 3l6th through an ad in AF magazine. Jerry now divides his time between woodworking, gardening, various volunteer groups and a lake near Lexington, where he and his wife relax and enjoy their grandchildren two dogs and their boat.

Tue, 26 Aug 2008
From Linda Wurmser Noffsinger, daughter of Jerry Wurmser:

There is a date that is listed incorrectly in my father's biography on your website (it was his error when he initially submitted the blurb for the website). While we realize there have been hardcopies made, we'd like to get the online verbiage corrected for historical reasons. Can you please advise us of how to fix this?

My father, Jerry Wurmser, is listed as J.W. Jerry Wurmser in your biography section. In the first sentence, where he mentions his 'claim to fame', the date should be June 9, 1944 (not 1945) as he was in Europe in 1945.

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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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