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William Cushner

Military

Born and raised in Kingston he received an associate degree from Bucknell Junior College. Serving 28 years with the active Air Reserve he had trained as a civilian pilot and, while training with the USAAF, Maxwell Field, Alabama, he was one of 15 cadets chosen to train with the RAF. Training at Riddle Field, Clewiston, with 5 British Flying Training School, he was awarded best flying cadet in class and at graduation received his RAF wings from a British general.
Later he received his USAF wings and was trained to fly combat planes. He then flew flying boats having gained his Navy wings. Stationed in the Pacific, where he flew Air Sea Rescue, he was known as “Three Wing Willie” as he was one of very few to have earned three sets of wings!
Bill Cushner was David Richard C Blackhall, “Blackie’s”, room-mate at No 5 BFTS and his autograph in the 5 BFTS year book reads “To a helluva swell roommate “Blackie” – get a “109” for me”.

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People

  • Cliff Bjornsen

    Military | Chief Ground School Instructor
    Mr Cliff E Bjornsen was the Chief Ground School Instructor at 5 British Flying Training School in Florida based at Riddle Field. He was a well respected instructor and in April 1943 the Embry-Riddle Flypaper reported, " According to the latest report...

  • David Blackhall

    Military | Pilot
    David Richard Croft Blackhall was from Diseworth, Derbyshire, UK and arrived at No 5 British Flying Training School at Clewiston with the RAF students in 1942 to join Course 13. He shared a room with William Cushner at Riddle Field, Clewiston, while...

  • Charles Hopkins

    Military | Link Trainer Instructor
    Charles Jackson Hopkins was born in Chrisney, Indiana, on 21st September 1921. He later moved to Huntingburg, Indiana and graduated from Grade School to High School. On leaving school he was employed as a bookkeeper and then manager of a loan company....

  • Samuel Huston

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Born in Ohio, USA, Samuel Huston signed the 5 BFTS Anniversary book for No 5 British Flying Training School at Riddle Field, Clewiston in 1943. In a letter to William Cushner in 1992 he records the following memories: ...

  • John Jordan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot / Instructor
    John Jordan attended 5 BFTS (Course 13) from January-July 1943. ...

  • George Morse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    George W Morse from Massachusetts was one of the USAAF cadets who joined the RAF trainees at Riddle Field, Clewiston No 5 British Flying Training School. As he had worked for the Associated Press he was recruited as Assistant Editor for Course 13's...

  • George Renvoize

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Originally from London, England, G.A Renvoize joined the No 5 British Flying Training School Course 13 and used his artistic skills by publishing line-drawings and caricatures in the Fly Paper weekly publication. He was also recognized by J P Riddle as...

  • Bob Richardson

    Military | Captain | Pilot /Instructor
    Bob Richardson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He joined the RAF at the beginning of the Second World War and was sent to Clewiston, Florida to train at No 5 British Flying Training School. He was on “Course 3”, the University Flight as all fifty cadets...

  • John Riddle

    Civilian
    Formerly a barnstormer and flying instructor for stunt pilots, John Paul Riddle was a pioneer in aviation history taking the controls only 17 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. His career in aviation had taken him from the Embry-Riddle...

  • William Slade

    Military | Pilot / Instructor
    William Aumick Slade “Bill” was born in Troy, Pennsylvania. Bill graduated from Cornell University and joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot in the ferry service. He was one of seventeen US Air Force cadets in Course 12, the first course training US and...

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Units served with

  • 5 British Flying Training School

    5 British Flying Training School


    The 'Arnold Scheme' (1941-43) and the British Flying Training Schools (1941-45), with the co-operation of Squadron Leader Mills DFC and President Roosevelt, enabled the setting up of flight training in the USA for RAF pilots to train alongside American...

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Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 15:38:49 Anne Hughes Changes to nickname
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: http://archives.timesleader.com/2008_

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 14:13:23 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Embry-Riddle Flypaper

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16 August 2016 14:09:12 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Nick Jordan 5 BFTS

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16 August 2016 14:06:02 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Nick Jordan 5 BFTS

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16 August 2016 14:03:47 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Nick Jordan 5BFTS

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16 August 2016 13:57:49 Anne Hughes Changes to suffix and nickname
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5 BFTS archive

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 13:54:13 Anne Hughes Changes to place associations
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5 BFTS archive

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16 August 2016 13:51:36 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Photo Nick Jordan

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16 August 2016 13:45:45 Anne Hughes Changes to highest rank and role
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Sources : http://archives.timesleader.com/2008_
The Flypaper Embry-Riddle

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 13:44:05 Anne Hughes Changes to biography
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Sources : http://archives.timesleader.com/2008_
The Flypaper Embry-Riddle

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 13:41:30 Anne Hughes Created entry with surname, firstname, suffix, nationality, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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5 British Flying Training School archives

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