Jack A. Quinlan

Picture of Jack Quinlan JACK A. QUINLAN, born October 20, 1923, at Marceline, Missouri. When Jack was about five years of age the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he attended the public schools and was graduated from Topeka High School in the Spring of 1941.

He then enrolled at Washburn Municipal University in Topeka where he played varsity football. Shortly after Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the U.S. Army Aviation Cadet Program where he was assigned to the West-Coast Training Command.

He completed Pre-flight training at Santa Ana, California; primary at Tulare, California; out of basic training at Merced, California, and received his wings and commission at Luke Field, Arizona. He was then assigned to the 6th Night Fighters Squadron of the Fifteenth Fighter Group on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. There he flew P-39s and P-47s. He was then reassigned to the 5th Air Force to the 348th Fighter Group, 340th Fighter Squadron.

He joined the Squadron in group at Port Moresby, New Guinea. He then flew all types of missions in New Guinea, the Halmaheras, the Phillipines, and was stationed at IE Shima when the war in the Pacific ended.

During this period of time he flew P-47s and his squadron was later assigned P-51s. In May of 1944 he was shot down over Wewak, New Guinea when his squadron was on a strafing mission at Wewak. He was able to find his way out of the jungle after nineteen days and was subsequently hospitalized at Port'Moresby, New Guinea.

He then returned to combat duty where he completed flying some approximately 200 missions. He was credited with having shot down 208 enemy aircraft from New Guinea through Ie Shima. The last two aircraft were shot down over the Southern Islands of Japan.

Released from active duty in March of 1945, he returned to Washburn Municipal University where he completed the undergraduate work for his degree. He then continued on to law school and was graduated with a J.D. Degree. He has been in the private practice of law in the City of Topeka and is the senior member of the law firm of SCOTT, QUINLAN & HECHT.

He married Imogene Ransdell in 1946. They have three children, and presently have three grandchildren.

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Pilot Name Biography Summary
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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