Posted by So So on June 06, 20 at 11:45:05:
In Reply to: Re: June 6th Agree! posted by PowayDevil on June 06, 20 at 09:30:18:
My brother & I were in the 1st & 2d grade when we arrived in Phx in our 1935 2-dr Willys. My dad had built a wooden bench seat behind the only 2 regular seats and that's where we rode from Ohio to Phx staying in cheap motels along the way. My dad had been a HS athlete and had flat feet which made him 4-F so he spent the war in the Litchfield area building wings & tails for bombers. I remember the war from movie newsreels every week and Life magazine as well as Phx Gazette articles.
My neighbor died about 3 yrs back but he was drafted at 18 in Phx but pulled out of the line by a Brit RAF officer who saw on his papers he had a pilot's license. He had learned to fly at 17. So he was drafted into the AAF and spent the war at Falcon Field in the Mesa area training Chinese Nationalist & RAF pilots to fly. One of the trainers who joined him for a couple of yrs was a guy named Gene Autrey. Autrey wanted more action & left in late '43 to go to India and fly cargo planes across The Hump into far western China to supply Chinese Nationalists & American AAF pilots fighting the Japanese.
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