Glen T. Noyes

Picture of Glen Noyes GLEN T. NOYES entered the Army Air Force on Dec. 10, 1942 at Los Angeles, Calif. Sent to Lincoln AAF, Nebr. for basic training he was subsequently assigned for six weeks college refresher training at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Assigned to Santa Ana Army Air Base Cadet Classification Center in May, 1943, he was selected for pilot training, Class 44BX, and graduated from Luke AAF, Ariz., on Feb. 8, 1944. His assignment following graduation as an "instructor pilot" with the 3rd Air Force at Baton Rouge, La., was a bitter disappointment.

But bitterness turned to pure joy when the assignment was actually to fly P-47's at Abilene AAF, Texas.

Noyes is one of the few who has flown all of the '47's - the 0-47 and P-47 at Abilene, the C-47 at various places and times, and the Boeing B-47 as a Strategic Air Command combat crew commander.

Assigned to the 373rd Fighter Group, 412th Fighter Sq. as a replacement upon going overseas, shortly after "D-Day" Noyes and about 10 other pilots were in the advanced echelon to go to Normandy and make ready the facilities for the Group.

Caught in the Battle of St. Lo, they wandered about Normandy for three days before locating an apple orchard near Bayeaux, which within a few days was transformed into an airfield with two pierced planking runways.

Checkout for combat consisted of a couple flights with Capt. Eldridge Bates and Capt. Les Hough for familiarization. Before the war wound down, Noyes flew 88 missions. All but five involved bombing and strafing attacks. On Dec. 22, 1943, he shot down an ME-109 on a head-on pass while the squadron was reassembling west of Bonn, Germany. Earlier his Jug was hit and severely damaged by flak west of Koln on Friday, Oct. 13, but the Jug got him back to Belgium before he had to crash land at over 150 mph.

Thirteen days later he bailed out when he couldn't jettison a live bomb and landing gear was damaged by flak.

He spent VE Day in London and returned to the USA on June 4 aboard the SS Payne. Wingate, a Liberty ship which was rammed by a British tanker in Mid-Atlantic on the last day of convoy of WW II. It limped into Hoboken, N.J. and was salvaged.

Out of the service in Nov., 1945, Noyes worked as a news reporter and photographer and flew P-51 Mustangs in the California Air National Guard until returning to active duty in August, 1950. In the USAF, his assignments included instructor pilot in T-6's, T-28's, B-25's and T-33's; F-86F's and F-86D's in the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea and Okinawa; F-86D's with the 86th FIW at Ramstein AB, Germany; B-47's and B-52's in SAC.

He flew 65 B-52 missions in S.E. Asia. Colonel Noyes' final assignment was as Base Commander, RAF Upper Heyford, England, in support of the F-lll mission.

He retired in Feb., 1973. A widower, he was married to the former Betty Haney of Pittsburgh. Their two daughters, Susan and Gail-Anne reside in California. Noyes returned to his home town, Redlands, Calif., where he is sales manager for a real estate firm.

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Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
W.B. 'Tex' Badger Eight and Ninth Air Force in WWII. B-l7's, P-51's and P-47's. Fifth Air Force in Korea, F80's and F86's. WWII and Korea, Flew 156 missions. Tactical units served in with the USAAF and USAF were: 305th BG , 368th Fighter Group, 4th Fighter Group, 49th Fighter Group, 12th Fighter Wing, 506th Fighter Wing.
Robert T. (Bob) Bagby He trained in P47's at Cross City and Dale Mabry Fields, Florida and then joined the 341st FS Black Jack Squadron), 348th FG of the 5th AF in Brisbane, Australia in June 1943. Bob flew 78 combat missions in New Guinea (Port Moresby, Finchafen, Sador, Wakde and Biak) primarily as wingman to squadron CO's John Campbell and John Moore. Also privileged to fly wing to Neil Kirby on several occasions.
Frank Baker After brief stops at Stone and Atcham, England he joined the 313th Fighter Squadron of the 50th Fighter Group in France. He flew 90 missions through V.E. Day. Most of the missions were close support attacks on various ground targets with a few B-26 escort missions thrown in. All of the missions took place in eastern France and southern Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters.
John M. Balason To relieve the boredom, Balason went down on the deck and blew up a locomotive he had observed at altitude. A few seconds after making his strafing pass he received a hit in his left wing tank and a fire started immediately in the cockpit. The paralyzing effect of the intense heat made climbing out of the cockpit impossible.
Albert W. Barlow, Jr. He flew 69 escort and ground support missions. Destroyed one E/A (ME-I09). Was shot down on Sept. 8, 1944, and evaded enemy ground forces for 8 days. Was picked up by an American Recon. Unit behind the German lines. Was hospitalized until Feb. 1948, when he was medically retired with the rank of Capt. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart.
William T. Beckler In July, 1944 Beckler exchanged his P-40 for a P-47N Thunderbolt. Missions in the Jug covered Northern Italy and Southern France. These included escorting medium bombers. The Bombers, based in Southern Italy, would be escorted to France by Thunderbolts based on Corsica. Shortly before target the Jugs would pull ahead of the bombers and bomb the enemy gun positions. Beckler's activities while participation in three major campaigns earned him the DFC, two Air Medals and two Presidential citations.
Herbert R. Benson After training in P-47 Thunderbolts at bases in North Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, he was assigned to the European Theatre of operations and joined the 48th Fighter Group 493rd Fighter Squadron at St. Trond, Belgium. After flying 44 combat missions, he was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf clusters.
Marvin C. Bigelow Training in the Southeast Training Command with the class of 44C, he graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant single engine pilot at Marianna, Florida with the class of 44D. After checking out in the P-40 at Marianna, he transitioned in the P-47 in the Northeast Defense Command and after gunnery at Dover, Delaware was shipped on the Queen Mary to England.
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