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  • Military Background:
    Enlisted Army Air Corps February 28, 1942
  • Primary training; PT-17 Stearman, Oxnard, California
    Basic training; BT-14 Vultee, Taft, California
  • Advanced training; AT-6, North American, Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Commissioned Pilot and 2nd Lt. October 30, 1942, Class of 42J
  • Transition to P-38; Muroc Dry Lake November 1942

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  • Aerial Submarine Patrol Duty; North Island, San Diego, California
  • Combat Fighter Pilot: March - July 1943
  • 71st Fighter Squadron, Code Name: Doorknob. Call sign: Doorknob Five Two
  • 1st Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, North Africa
  • 50 Combat Missions; Dive Bombing, Bomber Escort, Strafing, and the Destruction of Enemy Shipping and Aircraft.
  • Escapee/Evadee German POW camp, Sicily, July 1943
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Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters
Mediterranean Campaign with Four Battle Stars
Promoted to 1st Lt. July 1943
Chief Safety Education Division
 Office of Flying Safety:
Developed Bailout Technique for P-38
Tested XP-80, America's First Operational Jet
Promoted to Captain April 1944
Produced and directed Army Air Corps Training Army Air Corps Films:
How to Bailout of the P-38
Spin Recovery of the P-38
Wrote and Illustrated :
Pilot Training Manual for the P-38
Pilot Training Manual for the P-47
Pilot Training Manual for the P-51
Pilot Training Manual for the P-80
Promoted to Major, August 1945
Separated from service, February 28, 1946.
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