P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "M"
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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
Julian MarDock 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 restored.
Joseph Marini I was 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.
Lee Marshall Returned to 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 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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