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Last Wartime rank: 1/Lt

Theatre(s): ETO

Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal With 6 OLC
ETO Ribbon with 6 Battle Stars
Distinguished Unit Citation

Born: Barry, Illinois
September 22, 1921
May 21, 1998

Graduated Barry Public Schools

486th Fighter Squadron
352nd Fighter Group
8th Air Force
Bodney England

Served at Y-29 and Chievres Belgium
on the continent

Victories: 2 Air
Fw 190 September 12, 1994
Fw 190 shared with George Contas
January 14, 1945

Total Sorties: N/A
Strike Rate: N/A

  Aircraft Flown:
SN: 44-15701
PZ*C "Delivery Boy"

Entered service September 1942

Trained in West Coast Training Command

Graduated Class 44B at Williams Field, Arizona

RTU Training into P-51 at Bartow, Florida

Arrived in ETO in July of 1944

Remained with Occupation forces in Europe post-war and left service in 1948.
Worked for 18 years after the war with Brinks Armored Car service as a manager, and 20+ years with American Airlines.

Wife: Gisela Sons: Mike, Pat and Chris

Remarks: "What we're Fighting For..."
Referring to the names of the crew's children that were painted above the gun ports.


Artwork by Rocky Gooch.
Thanks to Mike Stearns and Marc Hamel for thier assistance in compiling the data for this entry.