MAX ITZKOWITZ, born November
27, 1920 in Manhattan. Left Brooklyn College to enlist as a cadet late in 1941 and graduated with the class of 43A at Marianna,
Assigned to the 58th Fighter Group,
311th Squadron, Max flew among the first
production Thunderbolts delivered to Westover AFB, Springfield, Mass. in January
1943. His entire wartime service was exclusively in P-47 s, logging about 1000 hours in
the jug, of which about 700 hours was
He sailed with the entire group
to Australia in the summer of 1943. Max flew
154 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific Campaigns from Port Moresby in New
Guinea, through the Philippine Campaigns,
on to Okinawa and finally Japan serving
thirty months overseas.
Most of the missions
were support type including dive bombing,
strafing, and skip bombing shipping, rail
yards, enemy positions, and "you name it."
Unfortunately "you name it" also fired
back. Max was downed by ack-ack returning
from a raid to Timor in the Celebes Islands,
and ditched in the sea off the southeast tip of
Dutch New Guinea.
Incidentally our lovable
jug, although capable of astounding feats,
absolutely will not float. Plucked from the
sea by our superb air sea rescue pilots, bless
their souls, he was back in action in 24 hours.
Max was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross and Air Medal with six Clusters. He left
the service as a Captain in December 1945.
He is now president of a small steel door
manufacturing concern in Northern New
However, his crowning achievement is
capturing a lovely English girl, Patricia,
while on vacation in the south of France,
marrying her in 1967, and producing two
fine sons, Miles and Alexander. He is now
residing in Alpine, N.J.
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.
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.