P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "C"
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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 Group.
Charles W. Cassidy He flew 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 "who won?"
Joel Catron 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 months.
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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