Urban L. Drew
He flew 319 hours of
combat in 76 missions with the "Yellowjackets" and received the Distinguished Flying
Cross plus cluster and the Air Medal plus
thirteen clusters, and the ETO Battle Ribbon
with three battle stars. He was credited with
the following victories. 6 - (Air) (3-Me-109's, 1-He.111, 2.Me-262's); 1 - (Air)
(Me-109, damaged); 1 - (Ground) (Ju-52,
destroyed); 1 - (Water) shared destroyed,
only German BV-238 VI six engine flying
Boat; 11 - Locomotives, destroyed; 7 -
Locomotives, damaged; 4 - Barges,
James Edward Duffy
WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Jim Duffy joined Army Reserves in 1941, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant after graduating from flight school at Moultrie Field, GA on Jan 14, 1943. He joined the 354FS/355th FG in spring, 1943 and sailed with group to England in July, 1943.
Clifford E. Dugan
R.T.U. moved to Majors Field Greenville,
Texas, P-47 training completed at this base.
Gunnery, Galveston, Texas. Assigned 377th
Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group,
Ninth Air Force. During combat flew two
escort missions, the rest being close support
for Patton's Third Army. The usual dive
bombing, rockets, and strafing of airports,
trains, and any other targets the controllers
found for us or we found for ourselves
William D. Dunbar (Billy)
One of my most memorable flying experiences was the mission of 23 Dec. 44 near
Kobleny Germany. A group of Martin B-26's
were jumped by thirty odd FW-190's and
Me-l09's. Our squadron was on a recce
mission and we happened along at the right
time. Three B-26's were hit and going down
when we entered the fight........
John Leard Elder, Jr.
WWII FIGHTER ACE!
John Elder joined Army Reserves after Pearl Harbor and commissioned as Second Lieutenant following pilot training completion at Victoria Field, Texas. Interestingly enough Bert Marshall, Jr - a future fellow squadron commander for the 355th FG was his instructor. He joined the 50th FG which became the 355th FG in May 1942 and shipped overseas with the group in July 1943.
Thomas F. Ellis
Took Flight training Gulf Coast Training
Command, graduating class 44B Eagle Pass,
Texas. At Venice, Florida completed P40
R.T.U. Joined the 86th Ftr. Gp., 527th Ftr.
Sqd. on Corsica. Flew 110 missions 1 E.A.
destroyed. On returning to the States
assigned Assistant Base Ops. Moore Field
In 1946 assigned to Wright
Patterson, Ohio, Fit. Test Division, then as
Civilian Personnel Officer.
James F. Farrell
In the Spring of 1945, the gas-guzzling Jug
was in danger of being eliminated from the
ever gasoline-short 14th Air Force in favor of
the P-51. Farrell was one of eight pilots sent
on detached service with their P47's to a
P-51 outfit in Hsian, China, (the end of the
longest supply line in WW II) to prove the
Frederick H. Le Febre
Of the many fighter planes he flew, which
in addition to the P47 included such planes
as the P40, P51, P8O, T33, F86, F1O1,
F102 and the Mach 2 F106, he says the
sentimental favorite is the faithful old Jug.
Kathryn (Sis) Fine
She was instructing in Pawling, N.Y. when
she heard about the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Became one of the original
twenty.seven women in the WAFS in January, 1943, at New Castle Army Air Base in
Wilmington, Del. Ferried PT-19's, L-2B's,
L-4B's, PT-26's, PT-23's, AT-6's, C-78's and
Received instrument rating at St. Jo.,
Mo., flying PT-13's and C-47's. Then was
sent to pursuit school in Brownsville, Texas,
where she checked out in P-40's, P-51's,
P-39's and P-47's.
Walter L. Flagg
Flew two tours of combat with the 56th
Group flying P-47 s in all phases of combat
from high altitude escort to low level interdiction. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 clusters, the Air Medal with 13
clusters, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 clusters and European a theatre with 6 battle stars.