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:
“I enlisted as an aviation cadet Mar ’42. I was married and had two children . During preflight at Maxwell I was picked to go to RAF School at Clewiston, Fla. Course 13 at 5BFTS. Our class had 12 of us and 100 RAF Cadets. We all got along quite well. The program was very good as we had no fatalities. My only negative remembrance was that the mess had lamb or mutton about three times a week. I ate at Snack-Bar then.
I graduated in July ’43 and was assigned to Air Transport Command (ATC). I ended up in India Jan ’45 and flew 65 trips to China. Got back to USA Dec. ’45.
I had a break in active duty from ’47-’51. 1951 found me at Hunter AFB, GB as AC on B-29s. The next 18 years was spent in (5AC?) and I retired Jan ’70. During those years I did a lot of “flying” planes and desks. Put a tour in South East Asia ’67 flew 35 missions.
After retiring I flew local charter in Hot (SPS?) area. In 1980 my wife (also a pilot) and I celebrated 40 years of safe flying. We sold our airplane and bought a motor home……..
Fraternally Sam Huston”
2nd June 1992. Letter to William Cushner.
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