Arno H. (Pop) Heying

Picture of Arno Heying ARNO H. (POP) HEYING, born in San Diego, Ca. on September 30, 1918, attended grammar school in Anaheim, Ca. high school in Corona, Ca. After 2 1/2 years at Cal Polly, San Luis Obispo, Ca. Pop enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in November 1941 and was commissioned with the class of 42-F at Moore Field, Mission, Texas.

Pop married the former Dorothy Martin of Norco, Ca. This marriage resulted in daughter Wilma, son Thomas, and daughter Carrol. In 1954 son Jerry joined the family by adoption.

Pops first duty was with the 85th Bomb Gp. (Dive) 307th Sqd., an experimental dive bomb unit where Pop flew V-72's, A-24's, A-36's, P-39's, P-40's and P-47's.

In early 1944 Pop was transferred to the Mediterranean Theater of operations where he joined the 57th Ftr. Gp. 66th Sqd., a unit equipped with P-47. Pop flew 70 missions under operation strangle, was awarded the D.F.C. and the Air Medal with 3 clusters.

Pop was forced to bail out of his very badly burned and shot up "Jug" on mission #66. Returning state side in 1945 he was assigned to the training command flying P-51's and AT-6's and later trained Army pilots in L-4's, L-5's, L-13's and L-17's.

In 1949 a transfer to the Berlin Air Lift school at Great Falls, Montana, found Pop in M.A.T.S. flying C-47's, C-54's and C-97's. A 2 year tour in the Azores with Dottie and the three children was included. December of 1955 found Pop graduating from the Helicopter school having qualified in both H-13's and H-19's. The rescue business took the rest of Pop's military career, with a solo tour in Iceland thrown in.

Pop retired as a Lt./Col. at Hamilton A.F.B. Ca. on 1 December 1961. As a civilian Pop worked 14 years for the State of California, Division of Bay Toll Crossings, retiring as a Toll Sgt. on 1 October 1980. (Total flying time 5600 hrs.)

FOOTNOTE: While instructing the Army pilots Pop Heying was appointed test pilot and chief instructor on the Brodie System of takeoffs and landings. This was a system utilizing a hook on the top of a L-4 and a 500 foot cable with sling attached. Landings (?) and takeoffs were made on this cable. Pop made an estimated 35 to 50 landings and takeoffs before they were officially recorded as "Brodie landings." Pop is officially credited with 149 Brodie landings, a reported high for any Air Force pilot.

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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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