Norman M. Iverson

NORMAN M.IVERSON, born October 19, 1921, St. Paul, Minnesota; graduated White Bear High School, St. Paul suburb. Shortly thereafter entered Air Corps Cadet Training; sent to Texas where he literally had a career as a "second born" Texan, being stationed at San Antonio, classification and preflight, Uvalde, Texas, primary, Waco Army Field basic, and Moore Field Mission, Texas, graduating and commissioned a single engine pilot.

Following graduation P40 training and then the P47 , next to Harding Field, Louisiana, then to Strother Field, Winfield, Kansas, for P47 tactical training with the Second Air Force; while at Strother Field sent for a short training jaunt to Jug gunnery training at Galveston, Texas, and then back to Strother Field and from there transferred to the 508th Fighter Group which was being formed as an overseas replacement unit at Bruning, Nebraska.

The Group next sent to Hawaii, being stationed at Kahuku Army Air Field on the base of Kahuka. After training in Hawaii he was sent with others as a replacement to the 318th Fighter Group stationed at Saipan in the Mariana's; the 318th Fighter Group P47N were transferred to Ie Shima where they flew escort for the big boys who were in B29's, B24's and on occasions the smaller bomber fleets and were also used for skip bombing, dive bombing, strafing and napalm, ground work along the China Coast, Korea, Kyusha and Honshu.

He was awarded the distinguished flying cross, air medal with three oak leaf clusters and others returning to the States. He remained on active duty and in 1946 was sent to Randolph Field as an instructor teaching Chinese Cadets flight training and from there to Tyndil Field, Panama City, Florida, where he went into the Mustang P51H flying. His highest rank was Major of U.S.A.F.R.

Then with the birth of his first son, he decided to retire from the service and returned to civilian life December 20, 1946, went back to school, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Southwestern College, then to Washburn University where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and has practiced law since 1950 to the present time and has two sons, lawyers, with him in his professional association, known as Iverson & Iverson, P.A.

Upon returning to inactive status he had accumulated approximately 850 flying hours, 20 combat missions and many sorties and, of course, leaving behind him the usual "hairy" experiences of strafing, skip bombing, dive bombing, Japanese air fields, river boats, railroad yards, bridges and oil fields. He remained active with the Air Force Reserves for several years and retired as a Major in the Air Force Reserves.

He had been a life member of the P47 Thunderbolt Association since the early 1960's and is a member of the 318th Fighter Group Association which was formed in 1977. He is married to the former Joline Selan and they have five children, N.M. Jr., Randy, Rodney, Jody and Carol.

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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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