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Ralph Anderson Jr. On first combat mission over the Hump on a 20,000 ft. patrol, flying wing on George F. Schlagel, was jumped by Japanese , formation and was awarded one probable Zero (Japanese Oscar) destroyed. On December 13, 1943, returning from escort mission with flight of six P-40's, flying wing on Regis L. Pappert, intercepted and attacked 60 plus Japanese, confirming one Jap Oscar and damaging one Betty Bomber.
Donald A. Angell Experiences in RTU include: managed to pick up a 100lb practice bomb in the horizontal stabilizer while skip bombing (they said it couldn't be done); discovered that the Jug almost stopped flying when you fired all eight 50s at 35, 000 feet; and that it had the glide angle of a footlocker. An oxygen malfunction on a high altitude cross country resulted in a belly landing - did a nice job of replowing a field that was being plowed at the time.
Eugene E. Armstrong Entered service December of 1942, transferred to Cadets - class of 44B - took training in S.E. Air- force, Arcadia, Florida. Bush Field, Augusta, Georgia. Advanced training, Dothan, Alabama. Arrived in England D-Day plus 7, crossed channel on A-5 strip, Omaha Beach. Flew 43 missions. Shot down December 26th of 1944, Battle of the Bulge - bailed out.
Russel H. Atkinson In January 1943 he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet and trained in the Eastern Flying Training Command, Class 44E at Maxwell Field, Alabama; Jackson, Tennessee; Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; graduated and commissioned at Spence Field, Georgia ...
Staryl C. Austin Enlisting in the Air Corps in 1942, he first went through CPT Primary. Qualifying as an Aviation Cadet, he completed pilot training at Spence Field, Georgia, in Class 43-I. On completion of P-47 transition at Richmond, Virginia, he was assigned as a P-47 Instructor Pilot at Dover, Delaware. A year later he joined the 410th Fighter Squadron, 373rd Fighter Group, in Belgium, remaining with the same unit until V.E Day and completing 58 missions before the European War ended.
Earl R. Backus Was called to active duty Feb. 1943 and finished Pilot Training in Class of 44C at Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona. After graduation was assigned Bruning, Neb. and transition in P47's. Remained as Instructor until assigned to 507th Fighter Group, 465tb Squadron. After training, was sent to Ie Shima where he flew 10 missions until the end of the war.
W.B. 'Tex' Badger Eight and Ninth Air Force in WWII. B-l7's, P-51's and P-47's. Fifth Air Force in Korea, F80's and F86's. WWII and Korea, Flew 156 missions. Tactical units served in with the USAAF and USAF were: 305th BG , 368th Fighter Group, 4th Fighter Group, 49th Fighter Group, 12th Fighter Wing, 506th Fighter Wing.
Robert T. (Bob) Bagby He trained in P47's at Cross City and Dale Mabry Fields, Florida and then joined the 341st FS Black Jack Squadron), 348th FG of the 5th AF in Brisbane, Australia in June 1943. Bob flew 78 combat missions in New Guinea (Port Moresby, Finchafen, Sador, Wakde and Biak) primarily as wingman to squadron CO's John Campbell and John Moore. Also privileged to fly wing to Neil Kirby on several occasions.
James K. Bain He flew 100 missions in P-47's beginning at Thruxton, England, transferred to Strip 1 near Omaha Beach on D+6. Nearly all missions were ground support, destroying bridges, railroads, supply routes, storage depots, tunnels and close support to Allied forces destroying tanks, weapons, and supplies.
Frank Baker After brief stops at Stone and Atcham, England he joined the 313th Fighter Squadron of the 50th Fighter Group in France. He flew 90 missions through V.E. Day. Most of the missions were close support attacks on various ground targets with a few B-26 escort missions thrown in. All of the missions took place in eastern France and southern Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters.
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