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(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Jan. 31, 1943 Click below for a picture of: Squadron E, Class of 1944-A Squadron G, Class of 1944-A Click to see Squadron G identifications.
Squadron H, Class of 1944-A Graduated from Turner Field, Albany GA (twin) on Feb.
He brought down two German fighter planes and drove off others as they attacked U.
Flew 69 missions in P-51s over Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands while serving with the 359th Fighter Group, 368th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force. See and He graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-820694.
He was assigned to the 448th Bomb Group 715th Bomb Sqdn as written in the online book “A Replacement Crew in the ETO” by John C.
It was speculated that he was killed by Germans on the ground.
The plane pulled off to the left of the formation and 4 distinct explosions were seen before the aircraft went down.
Approx 30 enemy FW-190’s fighters attacked and severly damaged his plane.
Joseph also served in the Korean War flying as the navigator in a B-29 Bomber.
As a bombardier and navigator, he flew 47 combat missions in World War II between 19, in both the B-24 and B-29 Bombers. He began his military career being trained as a paratrooper, but applied for and got aviation cadet status. His military separation (honorable discharge) papers of November 26, 1945 show that he was an attorney before his entrance into service on January 7, 1944, was competent to pilot a two-engine plane, participated in "Air Offensive Japan, Ryukus, China Offensive, Western Pacific, Southern Phillipines, Luzon," that he was awarded "Air Medal, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 7 Bronze Stars, WD Cir 195/44, World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal." He was overseas and returned. Student Officer: Second Lieutenant and Joe Gray was his instructor at Douglas. in Feb 1945 and was in Air Transport Command flying P-47’s and P-51’s He graduated from Turner Field, S/N: O-820680. He was credited with saving at least 10 lives as a pilot in the "Snafu Snatchers" (PBY Catalinas) air sea rescue squadron. He stayed in the service for 21 years and was qualified to fly B-52’s. There was a collision with another plane in the same squadron. He graduated from Spence Field, S/N: O-820484 on Jan.