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Curtis Alden Werden


Assigned to 308FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. 1 x E/A claim: 13-Oct-44.

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars), American Campaign, AF Longevity (4OLC), Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Post war: Retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Island Lake, IL 23 January 1923

Son of John Alden and Corla [Francisco] Werden.

Enlisted Camp Grant, Rockford, IL 19 November 1942

Camp Grant, Illinois

Based 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 308FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 6 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 10 May 2011

Curtis Werden, age 88, passed away on Tuesday
morning, May 10, 2011, at San Juan Living Center, with his
loving family at his side.

Curtis Alden Werden was born on Jan. 23, 1923, in Island
Lake, Ill. to parents, John Alden and Corla (Francisco)
Werden. He attended school at Wauconda, Ill. and following graduation, he spent two years at North Illinois University. Curtis enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, training in S.E. Training Command at Shaw Field, South
Carolina for P-47’s. He then was shipped overseas from
Newark, N.J. to Northern Africa and on to Italy where he
was chosen to fly P-51’s. He escorted B-17’s over German controlled areas and B-24's air space on bombing raids.
During his 11 months there, he went on to 63 missions with
50 missions required. He was offered Lieutenant Colonel
rank to take squadron commander, however, he chose to
return home as a Major. He continued flying in the reserves
and flew F-80’s, T-33’s and C-119’s. Curtis received
numerous medals including the Air Medal with six oak-leaf clusters, the distinguished flying cross and the European
Theater. He became an executive pilot for Gates Rubber
Company and flew Lear Jets, a Falcon F-27, a DC-3, a twin
Beech and a Bell Jet-Ranger Helicopter. He retired in 1985
and received a safety citation from Governor Love.

Curtis married Patricia Kilroy on Dec. 21, 1946. They had
the privilege of sharing 64 years of marriage. To their
union were born five children. His hobbies included reading,
pool, golf, tennis and swimming. The family moved to Montrose, Colo. from Evergreen in 1998.

Buried Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Centennial, Arapahoe County, CO 13 May 2011

Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Centennial, Arapahoe County, Colorado


Date Contributor Update
05 May 2022 12:06:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and place associations

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