December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacked by Japanese; April 21, 1942 Joined Army Air Corps; October 20, 1942 Left home for cadet training at San Francisco, TX;
November 13, 1942 Started ground school; February 17, 1943 Reported to Jones Field, Bonham, TX, for primary flight training; April 23, 1943 Basic flight training at Majors Field, Greenville, TX; June 27, 1943 Advanced flight training at Ellington Field, Houston, TX;
August 30, 1943 Graduated 2nd Lt., Pilot rating and Reported to Berkowitz Provisioning Group, Pyote AAB, TX; Spetember 15, 1943 Group transferred to Alexandria AAB, LA;
November 25, 1943 assigned new B-17 at Kearney AAB, NE; December 4, 1943 Flew to Bangor, ME; December 9, 1943 Flew to Gander, Newfoundland; December 18, 1943 Overseas flight to Valley, Wales;
December 31, 1943 Assigned to 91st BG at Bassingbourn, England; January 1944 Procedural and Area flight training at Bassingbourn; February 3, 1944 first bombing mission;
March 6, 1944 9th bombing mission to Berlin--Shot down over Berlin 6 March 1944 in B-17 'Hell and High Water. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Arrived at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) for 14 months;
March 3, 1945 Liberated by the Russians;
March 8, 1945 Arrived at Camp Lucky Strike, Le Havre, France; V-E Day; May 15, 1945 Left Le Havre for Portsmouth, England, then to Boston, by boat;
June 2, 1945 Arrived home in St. Louis Park, MN; September 5, 1945 Reported to Miami Beach for rehabilitation and reassignment; End of September Assigned to Douglas AAB, Arizona; Flew B-25's; October 1945 Reported to Truax Field, WI, for separation from the Army Air Corps. Arrived home on October 30, 1945, in time for the holidays.
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Y] Bassingbourn 25/2/44; Missing in Action 2m Berlin 6/3/44 with Clyde Mason, Co-pilot: Gilbert Falck, Navigator: Bill Eberly, togg-Morris Fliegel, Radio Operator: Ron Cannon, Ball...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
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