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Frank S Wolcott

Military

Flew 33 missions 5 March 1944 to 23 December 1944. Air offensive Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe

DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME Ribbon

Service

People

  • Paul Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Camacho

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • David Foley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Hayes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Kraeger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Howard Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions. AM, DFC

  • Robert Reynolds

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Whitaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Billings, Montana 7 October 1917
Lived in Billings, MT, USA 1942

314 Burlington Avenue

Died Helena, MT, USA 29 January 2007

Frank Wolcott died of natural causes Monday evening, Jan. 29, 2007, in Helena. Frank was born Oct. 7, 1917, to Linus and Essie Summers Wolcott in Billings. He attended Billings schools and graduated from Billings High School in 1935.

After high school graduation, he was working in his father's shoe store when two buddies stopped in and told him they were going to college and he decided to join them. He later said going to college was the best decision of his life. However, he first had to save some money and worked up at the Fort Peck Dam Project as a soda jerk, where he learned to cook. He then headed off to Bozeman to attend Montana State College, where he majored in agricultural economics and was in ROTC. Frank had a wonderful time in college. He loved dating the girls and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and Les Buffons. He was an active alumnus and Bobcat Booster for his entire adult life.

Upon graduation from MSC, he reported for active duty at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the Army Air Corps.

Before leaving for duty overseas he married a very special girl that he had met at MSC, Betty Lyons on Oct. 4, 1942, in Little Rock Ark. Betty was also a native of Billings and she and Frank's mother rode the train down to Little Rock for the wedding.

Soon after his marriage, Frank left for Attelbridge, England, to begin a very important chapter in his life. He was a bomber pilot and flew a B-24 with the 466th Bomber Group. Frank flew 33 missions during World War II, including two missions on D-Day. He later recalled looking down on the swarming troops on the water and beaches. They ended up dropping their bombs further inland so they would not hit the Allied troops.

When Frank returned from the war, he and Betty followed Frank's dream to farm and purchased a small farm at the top of Kelly Canyon east of Bozeman, where they farmed and had dairy cows. Although an absolutely beautiful spot, the growing season was too short to support a family and in 1955 Frank began working full time for the Montana National Guard. Frank had several commands until his retirement in 1970. He retired as a full colonel and the regimental commander of the 163rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

In April of 1970, Frank became the manager of Gallatin Field airport. During Frank's tenure the existing airport terminal was constructed and new runways were built, expanding the airport to a modern regional airport.

During the years up Kelly Canyon, Betty and Frank had their four children. It was a wonderful place to raise a family and those were good years. Frank lost Betty to cancer in 1975.

In May 1977, Frank married Phyllis Davis Spragg. Following Frank's retirement from the airport in 1981, Frank and Phyllis spent 25 years wintering in Hawaii where he pursued his love of golf. They traveled extensively overseas, including Singapore, Belize, England and Europe. In the summers, he got to pursue his love of farming on Phyllis' family farm up Spring Hill north of Bozeman.

In his later years he was frequently found visiting with friends at neighborhood coffee shops.

His pet peeves were expensive liquor and expensive health care products. He and Phyllis recently moved to the Waterford in Helena.

Frank led a great life and was a gentleman and a gentle man greatly loved by his family. We will miss him.

Enlisted Bozeman, MT, USA 5 February 2007

Sunset Hills Cemetery
Bozeman
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 03:56:37 466thHistorian Changes to role
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 03:53:37 466thHistorian Changes to events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2014 16:11:39 466thHistorian Changes to role, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self & Page 446 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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