Beverly Connell Curtis (standing) while working as a swimming teacher for the Red Cross life saving service, c. March 1941.
Painted A-2 flying jacket worn by Second Lieutenant Beverly Connell Curtis, 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, c.1945. Decorated with an image of Curtis' P-47 Thunderbolt 6V-P nicknamed 'Tampa Terror'
Beverly Connell Curtis was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved to Tampa, Florida as a child. He worked as a swimming teacher before enlisting in the US Army Air Forces in July 1942. Curtis was assigned to the 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 16 June 1945. Following the Second World War he worked at Maas Brothers department store and served with the US Air Force in Korea, rising to the rank of Captain before his discharge on 28 February 1953. Curtis later opened a furniture store in Tampa.
Units served with
The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...
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