Robert C. Garland

Picture of Robert GarlandROBERT C. GARLAND, born November 14, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. Attending Maine Township High School, he lettered in Diving and Golf all 4 years in addition to being the Illinois State Junior Skeet Champion from 1938 to 1941.

He enlisted in The United States Army Cavalry on December 12, 1942 and shortly thereafter transferred to the Army Air Corps. Primary training was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in PT-19s, Basic Training at Independence, Kansas in BT-14s and he graduated on May 24, 1944 as a 2nd Lt. (class 44-E) from Advanced Flying School at Moore Field, Mission, Texas, flying the AT-6.

Bob then took P-40 transitional training prior to being assigned to a P-47 school at Strother Field, Winfield, Kansas. From there he was transferred to Wendover Army Air Base, Wendover, Utah, where he completed his P-47 Training Program. (Shortly thereafter, Wen- dover was used as the training base for the Hiroshima A-Bomb crew.)

In January, 1945, Garland's group was assigned to the SWPA being first stationed at Nadzab, New Guinea where he flew missions in the P-47, bombing and strafing areas around Lae and Hollandia.

The legendary "Thunder-Jug" was at that time about to be replaced in the Pacific by the P-51. Garland ferried a brand new Mustang, a fighter he had never flown before, 1700 miles from Biak Island, near New Guinea to the Philippines where he joined the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 460th Fighter Squadron.

In March of 1945, the war was centered in the mountains north of Manilla and Garland flew a total of 52 ground support missions during that campaign. It was during this period that the 348th received a Presidential Citation for dropping more ton age of bombs in one 30 day period than any other single group up to that time including the heavy bomb groups in the Pacific.

For his personal efforts Garland was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Battle Stars. In August 1945, 1st Lt. Garland was assigned to the 5th Air Force Headquarters on Okinawa and later in Tokyo as the Commanding Officer of the Air-Sea Rescue Group Headquarters. He then returned home where he was separated from the service March 16, 1946.

After graduating in 1949 from the University of Denver, Bob moved into the Radio-TV broadcasting field and was associated with the cowboy movie star, Gene Autry, for 20 years after which he formed his own advertising agency, The Garland Agency, Inc. In 1969, he became the Arizona Franchisee for Far- rell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants where he is today the President of Garland Enter- prises.

Garland met Jeanne Adele Lusby while attending the University of Arizona. They were married in 1948 and have 4 children: Susan, Elizabeth, Richard and Robert and three grandchildren.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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