George W. Janovitz

Picture of George Janovitz GEORGE W. JANOVITZ, born on the 15th of August, 1915 in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in the Hillside, New Jersey area; attended local schools and graduated from Hillside High School, class of 1936.

He volunteered for military service in lieu of the 1940 draft and was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division at Fort Dix. His one year of duty was extended after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He applied for Officers Candidate School (OCS and graduated as a 2nd Lt. in the Field Artillery Ft. Sill, Okla.) October 1942. He applied for flight training (in Grade) and graduated from (Spence Field, GA) class of 43-K.

RTU was at Perry Fld., Fla. in P-47G's. He was transferred, in March 1944, to England and with subsequent assignment to the 511th Fighter Sqdn. (405th FG) at Christchurch, (Bournmouth, England).

The Ninth Air Force flew some escort missions but the primary objective was close air support in support of Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. The 511th sqdn. on D-30 arrived at Picaville, France with subsequent (A-8,) at A-14, Creteville; A-64, St. Dizier and during the BULGE to Y-32 in Belgium, in support of the 1st US ARMY.

He flew 95 missions and was Squadron Operations Officer at the time of rotation (4th of May 1945). Returning stateside he ferried fighters from Romulus (Mich.) and Long Beach (Calif.) to storage. In 1945 he was assigned to the 1st (71st FS) Fighter Grp., March AFB who were being outfitted with P-5O's. He was assigned to the Air Tactical School, Tyndall AFB, Fla. as maintenance officer for P-51 H's.

Future assignments were to Alaska, Albuquerque (93FS), Korea, Minot, ND, Hanscom Fld., Mass. Alaska Danang, SVN and Orlando, Fla. He retired as a Lt. Colonel with 30 years service in Jan. 1970.

He met and married Hazel Marie Huff (TONI) whom he met in Pocatello, Idaho, in (1947). They have no children. Their marriage took place in Andalusia, Alabama on 1 Nov. 1947.

He has been active in local civic affairs and has been associated with the Real Estate profession since his retirement, and since has acquired degrees in Public Administration and Real Estate.

Decorations include the DFC., Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters and the ETO ribbon with 6 battle stars. A legion of merit was awarded at retirement. The 511th FS members received the "Belgian Croix de Guerre" for its ,accomplishments during the "Battle of the Bulge".

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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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