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Earl E. Erickson

6/7/1922 – 6/9/2008
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Unit: 8th Air Force, 339th Fighter Group, 503rd Fighter Squadron
Service Dates: 1942 – 1943
Veteran Station: Phelps
County: Phelps
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II P51 Mustang Fighter Pilot, 63 Missions 53 Sorties, Credited with 1.5 enemy a/c destroyed in air and 1 enemy a/c destroyed on ground.

Story uploaded: Friday, June 15, 2007 / updated: Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Floyd A. Walker

3/25/1924 – 6/3/2013
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: Army Air Force, 10th Air Force
Outfit: Combat Cargo Outfit
Service Dates: 1943 – 1946
Veteran Station: Johnson
County: Johnson
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II China, Burma, India
Story uploaded: Thursday, May 24, 2007 / updated Friday, February 9, 2024

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Kenneth M. Cunningham

4/8/1920 – 12/6/2015
Branch: Army Air Corp
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service Dates: 1942 – 1945
County: Warrensburg
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, European and African Theaters, 7 Bronze Stars, Shot down and reported KIA. Describes his escape from occupied countries.
Story uploaded: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 / Updated: Saturday January 27, 2024

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 Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Interview

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Lyle R. Perry

7/13/1921 – 6/3/2011
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 10th Aerodrome Squadron, Army Air Corps
Outfit: 4th Repairs
Service Dates: 1942-01-07 – 1945-12-19
Veteran Station: St. Louis
County: St. Louis
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II
Story uploaded: Tuesday, May 8, 2007 / updated January 13, 2024

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Floyd Junior “Puff” Pugh

12/31/1920 – 3/16/09
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Colonel
Unit: 8th Air Force
Outfit: 2nd Air Division
Service Dates: 1942 – 1972
County: Pettis
City: Sedalia, MO
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Korea,Vietnam. After the attack on Pearl Harbor Puff enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (which later became the United State Air Force) on Aug 6, 1942 in Des Moines, IA. During his career as a pilot in the USAF he flew B-24’s, B-25’s, B-29’s, B-36’s, B-47’s and B-52’s. He logged over 10,000 flying hours. From 1970 until his retirement Sep 1, 1972 he served as Base Commander at Whiteman Air Force Base. His many awards included Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Story uploaded: Saturday, September 29, 2007 / updated Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Edwin Leroy Homan

10/6/1930 – 1/18/09
Branch: Army Air Corp
Rank: Corporal
Unit: Military Police
Service Dates: 1947 – 1950
County: Pettis
City: Sedalia, MO
Story uploaded: Saturday, October 27, 2007 Updated Monday, September 18, 2023

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Victor P Bauer
“Vick”
12/12/1922 – 7/5/2013
Branch: Army Air Corp & Infantry
Rank: T-5
Unit: Chemical Weapons
Service Dates: 1943 – 1946
County: St. Charles
City: O’fallon, MO
Conflicts/Significant Events: WWII
Story uploaded: June 2010 / Updated: July 13, 2023

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Kenneth Wayne Thomason

3/3/1922 – 3/9/2015
Branch:  Army Air Corps 12th Air Force
Unit: 350th Fight Group
Outfit: 347th Squadron
Service Dates: 1942 – 1945
Veteran Station: Mediterranean Theater
County: Johnson, Mo.
Conflicts/Significant Events: Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying 141 missions in World War II in North Africa, Casablanca, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Southern France.
He recalls one particular mission, Christmas Eve, over the Po Valley in Italy, where he destroyed an enemy fighter airstrip and planes, crippling the enemy’s air power.
On another occasion, he bailed out over the ocean when an engine malfunctioned, qualifying him as a member of the Caterpillar Club, or those who had “hit the silk” in a bailout and survived.
Story uploaded:  Thursday, May 24, 2007 / updated: Monday April 24th, 2023

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Glen Warren Francis
8/24/1920 – 10/6/2007
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: B-26 “Marauders”
Outfit: 669th Bomb Squadron
Service Dates: 1942-11 – 1945-10
County: Cape Girardeau
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, 6 Air Offensive Campaign Bronze Stars
Interviewed at Missouri Veterans Home Cape Girardeau, Mo. Story uploaded: Friday, June 22, 2007 / Updated Thursday, April 20, 2023

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Arthur Ward

7/31/1922 – 1/11/2017
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Aviation Cadet
Unit: Tuskegee Airman
Service Dates: 1942 – 1944
County: St. Louis
City: Florrissant, MO
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II

In 1943, Ward joined the U.S. Army and trained to become a pilot at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, which produced the 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all-black fighter squadron in the then-segregated military. He spent five months at Tuskegee.

When Ward did not qualify as a pilot, he declined an offer to train as a bombardier or navigator and joined a regular Army unit, he said in a 1996 interview with The Advocate. He was in the Philippines when the war ended.


Story Uploaded: Sunday, November 11, 2007 / Updated Saturday, April 8, 2023

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