P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "M"
Richard C. Mapp
Missions were to assigned targets such as
ammo dumps, air fields, and rail yards with
secondary targets of opportunity. The exception to these were a few escort missions for
B-25'sand 26's. The ruggedness of the "jug"
saved many lives during this phase of WW II.
Everette Lance Marcum
Marc flew nearly every military plane
that sported a propeller from the pt-13
through the spitfire, plus being jet qualified
in the F-86, F-84, and T-33. He was a Command Pilot with over 4,200 flying hours.
His WWII combat flying (172 missions)
was mostly in the P-40 and P-47 in the
North African and Italian campaigns
On the tenth flight a Jug caught fire and the
trainee rode it to the ground. . ..not the best
way to handle the situation. . . they carried
him away in an ambulance.
Six months in the hospital because of a
skull fracture, fractures of the arm and leg
and multiple lacerations. Three months
grounded, three months working as a ground
officer (horrors), and finally pilot status
then assigned to 368 F.G., 397 SQD training
as a unit from Mitchell Field for the remainder of '43. After several forced landings and
a night bail-out over Long Island Sound, I was
awarded the Iron Cross for 5 confirmed
U.S.A. A/C by my fellow pilots.
Clyde Leslie Marshall
Upon completion of flight training in class
43E at Eagle Pass, Texas he spent 11 months
there as an instructor. This was followed with
P-47 training at Ft. Myers, Florida before
going to England to join the 411th Squadron
of the 373rd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
Accomplishments in P-47 's include 80
missions with 3 1/2 victories. He named his
P-47 "Eyes of Texas". He was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal
with 15 clusters.
Wheeler, AFB to take up duties in the newly
formed U.S. Air Force as A-2, 1OOth Fighter
Wing, A-2 Air Force Hawaiian Area and J-2,
Air, CINC PAC. Returned Stateside with
81st FG lOOth FW and transferred to Mitchel Field, N. York, CONAC as Chief Fighter Training; followed by Air Command and
Staff School and Naval War College, Intelligence; a stint in the Pentagon in War Plans;
overseas once again to England, Chief of
Plans, 3rd Air Force; next, Commander of a
Base Complex of 5 RAF Stations and Assistant SHAPE Coordinator, Atomic Strike
Force Europe and Stateside to Eastern Air
Defense Force, Chief of Plans; where I successfully wrote the plan that put 22 Squadrons Air National Guard, in place, on Active
Air Defense of the Country, at no additional
cost to the government.
Samuel F. Marshall
The 373rd Fighter Group had a brilliant
career from before D-Day until Germany's
surrender in May 1945 doing mostly close
support work for General Patton's 3rd Army
and also the 1st and 9th Army. Sam remained
with the 373rd during this entire period and
completed two tours of duty.
Thomas C. Marsters
First assignment after P-47 training
was gunnery instructor at Millville AAB,
New Jersey. Assigned to 525th Squadron,
86th Fighter Bomber Group in February
1945. Main mission was ground support and
targets were trains, ammo dumps, tanks,
artillery, airfields and most anything that
moved. He destroyed 13 enemy aircraft on
the ground. Spent one year in the Army of
Occupation at Schweinfurt, Germany.
Jack Martell, Second Lieutenant, 388 Fighter Squadron 365 Fighter Group, flew a P-47 and was shot down and died on D-Day, 1944. I recently learned that he is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, St. Laurent, France. I was born November 1946 so I never met him.
Merle F. Mason
The Group shipped to England in
February, 1944. During a year's combat
tour in the ETO Mason flew 110 combat
missions, some escort, but mostly close support, dive bombing, skip bombing and strafing missions in support of the drive from the
Normandy Beaches to Germany.
During the Battle of the Bulge, Capt.
Mason lost three wingmen to ground fire and
was himself wounded when his canopy was
shattered by anti aircraft guns.
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