"Punchy" (Golden Gloves Boxer; West Virginia Champ in 110 lb. class)
Last Wartime rank:
12/22/43 - 1 Shared Destroyed Me-110 w/Major Everett Stewart
12/22/43 - 1 Damaged Me-210
1/5/44 - 1 Shared Destroyed He-177 w/Maj. E. Stewart and Capt. Coleman
6/21/44 - 1 Damaged Me-410
4/28/44 - 1 Destroyed Ju-88
4/28/44 - 1 Shared Destroyed Ju-88 w/Capt Sharp
5/21/44 - 2 Destroyed He-111Ks
Total Sorties (WW II): 83
Strike Rate: N/A
Assigned Combat Aircraft:
SN: 42-8617, PE*K
"Jamie Boy/The West 'by Gawd' Virginian"
P-51Ds in (?) Missions, Korea
Santa Ana, CA: April 1942 to June 1942
Oxnard, CA: Primary Flight Training
Gardner Field, Bakersfield, CA
Luke Field., Phoenix, AZ
Graduated Class 43-A.
Shipped overseas April 1943. Assigned to Atcham, Shrewsbury, England for
additional RTU and Gunnery Training flying P-47s; Spitfires; Miles Masters
Shared in first victory over Heinkel He-177 Heavy Bomber by the 8th Fighter Command.
Flew D-Day missions. Survived engine-failure takeoff crash of Combat Loaded Mustang.
After tours, assigned as Technical Advisor to Public Relations/8th Fighter Command.
Returned U.S. 12/24/44; Assigned to Flight Testing, Wright-Patterson AFB.
Separated from Service in August, 1945; returned to WVU.
Recalled to active duty Jan. 4, 1950.
Discharged from Service - August, 1954.
Currently Editor-Historian of the 352nd FG Association
Wife, Betty, is an Honorary Member of the 487th FS!