Military site : airfield
Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...
|Born||Florence, Arizona||27 June 1920|
|Lived in||Huntington Park, California||1941|
|Enlisted||Los Angeles, California||3 November 1941|
|Combat Mission||near Soissons, France||8 May 1944|
Out of the sky and out of the sun black tracer-streams flew among the Thunderbolts of the last flight of the 506th Squadron, following the 508th in a wide turn northwestward near Soissons. Lieut. Robert F. Bealle, flight leader, called for a "break" into the attack. Confused, Lieut. Chester L. Dunsmore broke left instead of right. In front of him three bullet-nosed Messehschmitt-109's flashed sharply down and away to the left. When the third passed his sights, he squeezed his trigger, and saw bright flashes and smoke as his 50-caliber bullets struck. Pieces flew and a body fell out and away from the plane. He shouted into his throat-microphone.
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