Robert C. Garland
ROBERT C. GARLAND, born
November 14, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois.
Attending Maine Township High School, he
lettered in Diving and Golf all 4 years in
addition to being the Illinois State Junior
Skeet Champion from 1938 to 1941.
He enlisted in The United States Army
Cavalry on December 12, 1942 and shortly
thereafter transferred to the Army Air Corps.
Primary training was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in PT-19s, Basic Training at Independence, Kansas in BT-14s and he graduated on
May 24, 1944 as a 2nd Lt. (class 44-E) from
Advanced Flying School at Moore Field,
Mission, Texas, flying the AT-6.
took P-40 transitional training prior to being
assigned to a P-47 school at Strother Field,
Winfield, Kansas. From there he was transferred to Wendover Army Air Base, Wendover, Utah, where he completed his P-47
Training Program. (Shortly thereafter, Wen-
dover was used as the training base for the
Hiroshima A-Bomb crew.)
In January, 1945, Garland's group was
assigned to the SWPA being first stationed at
Nadzab, New Guinea where he flew missions
in the P-47, bombing and strafing areas
around Lae and Hollandia.
The legendary "Thunder-Jug" was at that
time about to be replaced in the Pacific by the
P-51. Garland ferried a brand new Mustang,
a fighter he had never flown before, 1700
miles from Biak Island, near New Guinea to
the Philippines where he joined the 5th Air
Force, 348th Fighter Group, 460th Fighter
In March of 1945, the war was centered in
the mountains north of Manilla and Garland
flew a total of 52 ground support missions
during that campaign. It was during this
period that the 348th received a Presidential
Citation for dropping more ton age of bombs
in one 30 day period than any other single
group up to that time including the heavy
bomb groups in the Pacific.
For his personal
efforts Garland was awarded the Air Medal
with 4 Battle Stars. In August 1945, 1st Lt.
Garland was assigned to the 5th Air Force
Headquarters on Okinawa and later in Tokyo
as the Commanding Officer of the Air-Sea
Rescue Group Headquarters. He then
returned home where he was separated from
the service March 16, 1946.
After graduating in 1949 from the University of Denver, Bob moved into the Radio-TV
broadcasting field and was associated with the
cowboy movie star, Gene Autry, for 20 years
after which he formed his own advertising
agency, The Garland Agency, Inc. In 1969,
he became the Arizona Franchisee for Far-
rell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants where
he is today the President of Garland Enter-
Garland met Jeanne Adele Lusby while
attending the University of Arizona. They
were married in 1948 and have 4 children:
Susan, Elizabeth, Richard and Robert and
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.
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.