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Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2
Loetscher Photo With Plane Page 2

LT Edward Arthur Loetscher, Ellington, CT

The weather was "clear on the deck" when the Mustangs of the 55th Fighter Squadron left their base at Kingscliffe, England, for a fighter-bomber mission to the German university city of Heidelberg. Piloting one of the Mustangs on Thursday, November 9, 1944, was 2nd LT Edward Arthur Loetscher of Ellington, CT. On their way to the target, the 55th executed a right turn. While making this maneuver, the fuel tank on the belly of LT Loetscher's aircraft fell off. Probably due to a change in the...
Albert Leonidas Peterson
Albert Leonidas Peterson
Albert Leonidas Peterson
Albert Leonidas Peterson

Beloved son shot down one week after his 24th birthday

LT Junior Grade Albert Leonidas Peterson LTJG Peterson was born March 17, 1920, in Jacksonville, FL. On March 24, 1944, while serving with Naval Bombing Squadron (VB) 305, he was killed in a crash on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. His aircraft was observed to be streaming fuel as he approached his target. He attempted to land at the Torokina fighter strip, but when he saw it was  impossible, he bailed out of his plane at 100 feet. His parachute did not open. He was survived by his...
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1
LT Volney W Taylor File 1

55 Miles From Kyushu

Lieutenant Volney Wright Taylor, Jr., was a promising young attorney with his family law firm in Brownsville, Texas.  The son of prominent citizens Volney Wright Taylor, Sr., and Ethel Cook Taylor, his legal future was unlimited. As part of his application to enter officer training, LT Taylor received letters of recommendation from Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, the One Hundred and Third Judicial District; and Milton H. West, his local Congressman. His...
Downey Hs

The Kintz Brothers of Downey High School, Downey, CA

  Frank J. Kintz, Jr., born May 8, 1920 and Robert E. Kintz, born January 21, 1922, were brothers from Downey, California. With World War 2 on the horizon, both young men volunteered for the Army Air Corps.  Frank enlisted on February 13, 1940 and was followed about five months later by Robert, who enlisted on June 23, 1940. They were serving together in the Philippines, Frank with the 27th Materiel Squadron and Robert with the 17th Signal Platoon, when the islands were captured by the...
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Six B-24s From Baker Box Downed

The men - the boys, really - were right from Central Casting. An All-American crew. Ready and able for the mission of July 2, 1944. The pilot was 2nd LT Laurence Whittaker, of Little Rock, Arkansas. His fellow officers were Flight Officer Ernest C. Phillips, copilot, from Chester, Pennsylvania. The navigator was 2nd Lieutenant John F. Wark, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and the bombardier was 2nd LT Russell M. Sharples, of Thorton, Ohio. Only LT Sharples was married. There were six...