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George Wilford Anthony


He enlisted at Sacramento, California, as a private in the Air Corps, Serial # 19 149 983, on 12 October 1942. He had one year of college, and his civilian occupation was listed as "Skilled construction occupations, n.e.c.". According to his separation papers he was a bulldozer operator. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 07 January 1944.
He went to Greenville, S.C. for Aviation Cadet and Glider Training and was in Class 44-A at Lubbock Army Airfield and Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas.
As an Army/Air Corps pilot, he flew missions across Europe and Africa, often supplying fuel to Patton’s troops. He remembered pulling gliders that were lined with flack jackets and carrying eleven men and a jeep and landing planes in muddy fields at night with few lights to guide him. He flew in the Northern France, Southern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns and the Holland and Rhine invasions.
George Anthony remained in the Air Force following WWII working in Security Service and he continued to fly Military Air Transport missions for the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and by the time he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1967, he was an aircraft commander and had flown almost every airplane the military had to offer. This led him to a second career with United Airlines, which lasted for 22 years, during which he was both a flight instructor and a flight engineer.


Units served with

  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

  • 86th Troop Carrier Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...

  • Coulommiers

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born 12 October 1922
Enlisted 28 September 2008


Date Contributor Update
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