Hello all, My father, Ira C. Scott, was a Pilot instructor in WWII at Souther Feild in Georgia.
I have a Souther Field 1944 , 56 Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment yearbook that contains pictures of pilot studentsand instructors who were there in 1944. Capt. John D. Prodgers was the commanding officer. Also a brief history of the Base which was established in 1917. Charles Lindbergh made his first solo flight from Souther Field in a Curtiss "Jenny"
Instructors in 1944 were: C.V. Thompson, F. C. Michel, C. E. Saari, H. A. Strutz, J. B. Grove, E. A. Williams, L.M. Joy, J. C. Sherrill, J. H. Hanson, H. D. Reid, R. Volzer, B. R. Miller, J. H. Boyd, W. I. Moore, C. L. DeVaughn, W. K. Colbert, B. B. Budlong, G. H. McMillan, J. S. Lanier, C. W. Todd,D. L. Davis, K. W. Mattox, T. J. Knowles, C. F. Windhousen, J. R. Kirk, R. B. Jones, C. P. McMillon, N. D. Krawciw, W. A. Thompson, C. R. bach, R. O. Lewis, H. D. Strauss,A. L. Grimmiett, L. M. Sheldon, L. W. Cone, O. H. Mauk, G. R. Whiting, H. J. Morgan, S. Evans, W. D. Anderson, B. T. Wishard, W. Klima, O. c. Fought, G. E. Wolf, J. L. Reid, O. M. Dodson, W. W. Steward, W. O. Shelton, J. H. Kirk, W. T. Bidgood, I. C. Scott, D. F. Judin, H. Middlebrooks, W. E. Lovett, W. L. Stoneburner, W. E. Shaffer
I am willing to look up names in the 1944 yearbook and scan the pictures of family if I find them to anyone interested.
Remember this is only of the year 1944, although I would imagine the instructors were there longer.
My Dad told me some pretty amazing stories of the antics they used to pull. Going under bridges and flying 6 feet off the roads in the Southwest training areas and sending locals into the ditches.
We also own a propellar that he damaged during one such adventure.