P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "C"
2nd LT Arthur Cain. A P-47 Pilot assigned to the U S Army Air Forces, 69th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group in the Philippines in the 1944/1945 time period.
LaVern "Squash" Campbell
The 465th squadron flew daily missions in
the last months of the war. It was equipped
with new long-range P47Ns and the group
was awarded a Presidential Citation for the
"longest fighter sweep" - 7 1/2hours - Ie
Shima to Kiejo, Korea.
R. W. Red Campbell
He flew on missions that won
the GP- two distinguished unit citations. The
first was on 25 Aug., 1944 against a concentration
of merchant and naval vessels in Brest
Harbor. Despite a heavy overcast and heavy
and intense anti-aircraft fire from shore and
ships, the 362nd repeatedly bombed and
strafed shipping and shore installations
Joe H. Canion
commission, he flew P-39 at Thomasville,
Georgia went overseas to 350th Fighter
Group, 345th Fighter Squadron, in North
Africa, then to Sardinia, on to Corsica, then
to Pisa, Italy. The 350th Group re-equipped
with P-47 in April, 1944. He flew 114
ground support missions. He was shot down
Calvin T. Carhart
Graduated from Advanced Flying
School, Marianna, Florida as a 2nd Lt.
Was an original member of the 366th
Fighter Group, 391st Fighter Squadron, stationed
at Wilmington, N.C. This unit was
shipped to England in December, 1943 as an
Operational Group and new with the 9th Air
Thru "D-Day". Moved as a Group to
Air Strip # 1 on the Normandy Beach
Donald O. Carlson
Under the impression he would be sent to
beautiful Australia, Don enlisted as a Tech.
Sgt. in the 301st Ordinance Battalion in
March 1942! These dreams soon went awry,
so taking advantage of his pre-war pilot training,
he transferred to the Army Air Force one
Melvin Carlson was a flight leader of the Hell Hawks, 365th Fighter Group, and flew a P47 Thunderbolt. He served in the air offensive Europe, Normandy North France, South France, Germany, and received the rank was Captain Major, USAF. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross air medal with 3 silver OLC and 3 bronze OLC, American Comm Ribbon, EAME SV Medal, American Campaign Medal, OCC Ribbon w/c (Germany), WWII Victory Medal, II Overseas bars.
Roy D. Carlson
...he joined the newly activated 368th
Fighter Group, 397th F.S. at Mitchel Field,
N.Y . Two hundred fifty Jug hours later in
Dec. 1943, the Group sailed from Boston to
England. By March 1944 they were given the green
light by Pete Quesada and flew their first
mission over France. Flying bomber escort
out of England one day, he picked up his
brother's bomb group and provided personalized
escort service. Needless to say, this made
headlines in the Red Oak Express
H. Don Carlson, Jr.
Missions consisted of low level ground support,
liquidating enemy strong points,
destroying bridges, air fields, railroads, tanks
and artillery. At times facing intense anti-
aircraft fire from batteries from mountain
positions higher than our attacking altitude.
Upon return from one mission his crew chief
noticed a hole in the plane's cowling, reaching
inside he pulled out the head of a rooster
- damn bird was flying too high!!!
Roger F. Carroll
stationed in Australia, New Guinea, the
Dutch East Indies, the Halmaheras, Philippine
Islands, and Okinawa where he flew 126
combat missions. These missions included
escort, patrol, interception, and close ground
support. His squadron would carry 2500 lbs.
of bombs on each plane. (1000 under each
wing and 500 under the belly).
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