Robert C. Garland
ROBERT C. GARLAND, born
November 14, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois.
Attending Maine Township High School, he
lettered in Diving and Golf all 4 years in
addition to being the Illinois State Junior
Skeet Champion from 1938 to 1941.
He enlisted in The United States Army
Cavalry on December 12, 1942 and shortly
thereafter transferred to the Army Air Corps.
Primary training was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in PT-19s, Basic Training at Independence, Kansas in BT-14s and he graduated on
May 24, 1944 as a 2nd Lt. (class 44-E) from
Advanced Flying School at Moore Field,
Mission, Texas, flying the AT-6.
took P-40 transitional training prior to being
assigned to a P-47 school at Strother Field,
Winfield, Kansas. From there he was transferred to Wendover Army Air Base, Wendover, Utah, where he completed his P-47
Training Program. (Shortly thereafter, Wen-
dover was used as the training base for the
Hiroshima A-Bomb crew.)
In January, 1945, Garland's group was
assigned to the SWPA being first stationed at
Nadzab, New Guinea where he flew missions
in the P-47, bombing and strafing areas
around Lae and Hollandia.
The legendary "Thunder-Jug" was at that
time about to be replaced in the Pacific by the
P-51. Garland ferried a brand new Mustang,
a fighter he had never flown before, 1700
miles from Biak Island, near New Guinea to
the Philippines where he joined the 5th Air
Force, 348th Fighter Group, 460th Fighter
In March of 1945, the war was centered in
the mountains north of Manilla and Garland
flew a total of 52 ground support missions
during that campaign. It was during this
period that the 348th received a Presidential
Citation for dropping more ton age of bombs
in one 30 day period than any other single
group up to that time including the heavy
bomb groups in the Pacific.
For his personal
efforts Garland was awarded the Air Medal
with 4 Battle Stars. In August 1945, 1st Lt.
Garland was assigned to the 5th Air Force
Headquarters on Okinawa and later in Tokyo
as the Commanding Officer of the Air-Sea
Rescue Group Headquarters. He then
returned home where he was separated from
the service March 16, 1946.
After graduating in 1949 from the University of Denver, Bob moved into the Radio-TV
broadcasting field and was associated with the
cowboy movie star, Gene Autry, for 20 years
after which he formed his own advertising
agency, The Garland Agency, Inc. In 1969,
he became the Arizona Franchisee for Far-
rell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants where
he is today the President of Garland Enter-
Garland met Jeanne Adele Lusby while
attending the University of Arizona. They
were married in 1948 and have 4 children:
Susan, Elizabeth, Richard and Robert and
P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
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.
Edward B. Addison
The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also
dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian
It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles
Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt
Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit
in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral
After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose
Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on
ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle
Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
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.
It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.