Hello, When our Uncle was drafted in Aug. 1943, when did he know he was going into the AAF?then the 8th, the 306th, etc.
Also, Did you have a choice? AAf, marines, navy, etc?
He went through Jefferson Barracks, Las Vegas, New Mexico,(received his wings)in Feb. 1944, further training in Salt Lake City, Utah; combat training in North Dakota, then left from Nebraska "in his new B-17G" in June 1 -1944.
Any info about each of these would be appreciated; what training each did, what purpose was to be at each? Why did planes leave from Kearney to England?
Where can I find info on these training bases/centers? to add to our tribute book?
Was it protocol to move up his rank at time of death? He was a T SGT ; then noted on papers/ purple heart certificate as SSGT. I recall reading on forum about this step.
He was killed on his 31 mission in Dec., 1944. He was not with his original crew or plane; We have made contact with other family members of crash, and their family members all came over in Oct., 1944 with their plane except him. He was replacement for person out with an appendicitis.
How could I find his Original crew or plane #? In 368 Bomb Squadron combat diary, it only gives that he joined 306th/368 in July of 1944.
In "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story," by Freeman it gives detailed description of history of each B-17. It verifies the plane he crashed in didn't come over until Oct. 1944. Is there some reverse data source/info out there to find tail numbers of planes that arrived At Thurleigh in July of 1944?
I realize at this time in the war, crews were moving all around, but hoping to find men who came with him, and probably flew most missions together.
Thanks for any/all input/comments. Finishing up our tribute book, and backtracking to get picture of his training time; answers to quest. family has asked. Debra H.