Teresa D. James

Picture of Teresa James TERESA D. JAMES, born January 24, 1917 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Pitt University, Buffalo Aeronautical and Roosevelt School of Aviation. First licensed Woman Flight Instructor in 1939. Taught Flight and Ground Instruction at Tumak Aviation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until she received a telegram from General "Hap" Arnold September 1942 requesting her to report to 2nd Ferrying Division, Wilmington, Delaware for a flight check.

Teresa was one of the "elite corps" of Twenty-five women pilots selected for experimentation to fly all types of Army Aircraft. Known as W.A.F.S. (Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Sqd.) they were forerunners of W.A.S.P. (Womens Air Force Service Pilots). The WAFS proven ability was basis for women trainees in flight school in Texas, which would provide pilots for ferrying, tow-target training and administrative missions.

For twenty-seven months Teresa flew the air force inventory - one day a PT-19, next trip a twin or pursuit aircraft. In early days there were no piggy-back seat for instructors in P-5l's or P-47's. Teresa checked herself out.

Upon deactivation of Wasp December 1944 she returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to manage her parents two flower shops. 1945 she attended Benz School of floral design in Houston, Texas followed by advanced school of design in Cleveland, Ohio. She is well known for creative artistry. 1950 was directly commissioned Major in Air Force Reserve. Served as Special Services Officer to 375th Troop Carrier Wing at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until 1960. 1961 to 1965 assigned to 5040th Air Base Group, Alaskan Air Command Anchorage, Alaska.

Received two commendations for casualty assistance while serving in Family Services. She did a lot of brisk flying in Super Cub throughout Alaska. 1966 to 1976 attached to 9536th AFRES Squadron Greater Pittsburgh Air. port, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

August 1942 Teresa married her apt. student, George L. Martin. He enlisted as an Aviation Cadet, became a B-17 Instructor at Ardmore, Oklahoma 1st Lt. George Martin volunteered for overseas duty. He was shot down over France June 22,1944 and presumed missing. He never returned.

Teresa who has over 6,000 hours is still flying, chasing the birds around the traffic patterns. She is retired, living in Lake Worth, Florida.

She belongs to the Ninety-Nine Women Pilots Association, 0 X 5 Club of America, Silver Wings, Order of Fifinellas, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Alaskan Airmen Association, and P.47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association.

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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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