P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "C"
Lawrence E. Mc Carthy
He flew 97 missions in P-47s and
P-51s during his 18 months in England and
earned the Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 6 Air Medals. He destroyed
4 1/2 aircraft in the air and 6 on the ground.
McCarthy remained in the Air Force after
the war. He started flying jets in 1947 with
the Fourth Fighter Group and flew as the slot
man and individualist with Vermont Garrison, Sandy Hesse, and Beriger Anderson on
the USAF's first official four ship Jet Aerobatic Team.
Benjamin B. Cassiday, JR.
Member of the 1948 Armed Forces
Olympic Tryout Team in Texas as a 400
meter hurdler, but eliminated in the National
Finals that year. Back to F-47's in Hawaii,
then to Kirtland, New Mexico, flying F-80's
and later F-86's. Navy exchange pilot in
January 1950, flying F9F Panthers. Korea
in June 1950, flying 43 jet carrier missions
from "USS Philippine Sea," returning just in
time to complete Fox Able Nine crossing of
the Atlantic in F-86A 's with the 81st Fighter
Charles W. Cassidy
113 missions, mostly close support and
armed reconnaissance with a very few escort
missions included. About half way through
his last mission his squadron received a radio
message to return to base because the war was
over. Of course some hot-shot had to ask
I checked out in Aloe's only P-47B - was
impressed by the quietness and solid feeling
of this big machine. I was attacked by P-40's
at 10,000 feet. The P-47 was no match in
slow speed turns. The P-40's ate me up- I
rolled over in a high speed dive and left my
P-40 adversaries far behind. I then climbed
and dove on the P-40's at high speed and
found their turning ability didn't mean much
as I flashed by.
H. Phillip Causer
Saw his big chance to get out of the Trng.
Com. when asked to put on aerobatic demo
for graduating class. His finale, low pass over
field, forcing band to bite dirt on apron,
followed by slow-roll over hangers, earned
him his transfer, threat of court martial, and
demand he turn in his "Good Conduct Medal."
Joseph P. Celauro
His civilian occupation since World War II
included Reliability and Quality Assurance
positions with companies manufacturing
Missile Guidance systems for the Mercury,
Gemini, and Apollo programs, Infra-red Missile
Guidance System for the F-4 aircraft and
Infra-red Night Observation Devices. In May
1971 he joined the Clay Adams Division,
Becton Dickinson, Inc. as Engineering
Administrator for Research and Development.
Oliver G. Cellini
During his career Ollie commanded five
different Groups and three different Wings
including the 51st FW in Korea flying F-80's.
Like anyone else with 32 years' service
mostly as a "died in the wool" Fighter Pilot,
he's had his share of "happy to be on the
ground" experiences, but like the true professional he is in everything he does - he is
one leader who never lost a Wing Man.
Donald H. Chaplin
Combat assignment followed when
he joined the 27th Fighter Group, 523rd
Fighter Squadron (P-47C and D Models) on
Corsica in August 1944. Some sixteen truck,
tank and train busting missions and two
squadron moves later he was "shot down"
while on an Armed Recce mission in the
French Belfort Gap area on 12 September
1944. He left the burning "JUG" and
earned his Irving Air Chute Co. "Caterpillar"
club membership ending up in the 45th
General Hospital in Naples, Italy for several
James R. Chapman
Chapman was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group, 508th Bomb Squadron where he flew 10 missions
over Germany and was escorted several times
by P47's which held the ME262's at bay.
Chapman's B-17 was struck by enemy anti-
aircraft several times and on one occasion
had to drop out of formation and return
alone, but all crew members finished their
missions without injury.
Lawrence G. Charbonneau
Sgt Craig Charbonneau here with a remembrence of my fathers stories of flying the JUG during the war in Europe on this veterens day 2006.
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