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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - October 09, 1943, Sheppard Field, Texas3 Sheppard Field vol. 2, no. 44 official publication of Sheppard Field Sheppard Field Texas saturday october 9, 1943 free mar prisoner brother Given air medal Here by pvt. Bill Hamilton a a while squadrons representing the entire Basic training Titer stood rigidly at attention and Rifle companies pose Quot a a arms in tribute to a hero s courage and in Battle t station to the air medal to an alumnus of Etc. T sgt. John m Urner now reported As a prisoner of War in Germany was and at last wednesdays command Parade. The profound hush which fell Vee the sprawling Drill Field As september s Best too negro ams Start full tec Hinal course it. H. H. Mcmurray stepped it award to read the citation was Sib Ute in itself. As the citation voted aug. 17, 1943, was completed col. Edward l. N. Glass Post 3 and wednesdays reviewing am students now held in Grade on entering course a j it soldiers enrolled in the Shep p-3 and wednesdays review my Field technical schools no a fairer a tended to the microphone the presented the medal itself to longer Are promoted to the Grade i Ero John Turners brother his of private first class upon enter Earest of Kin Eugene a. Turner j eng the school As has been the Cus of Wichita Falls. I Tom in the last several months. X sergeant Turner born in me-1 however students enrolled in a diam Texas a resident of wich technical school who bold a highly fill a from Tho age of five years or Grade will retain their rank Falls Nom me age of in of i according to a directive from the War department this week. Enlisted in e n ordered As students to an army air forces technical school to pursue any course More advanced than a Basic course will be promoted to the Grade of private first class unless a higher Grade is currently held in which Case the higher Grade will a Pas inducted in May 1942, at amp Wolters and was sent to i Heppard Field Lor his Basic train-1 la. Which he received in the old fyb2nd, now the 302nd to. In eighth bomber command v after sergeant Turner compleat Rii Basic at Sheppard he was sent 0 am school at Lincoln neb., _ gunnery school at Wendover Utah retained. Heretofore men go 1 my to Blythe calif., Pyote Texas ing to an advanced school Auto cod Salina kan., for operational magically were Given Corporal s it a ight training As an Engineer gun j stripes the directive the first All negro air plane mechanics class at Sheppard Field will get off to a flying Start today when part of a group of Over 300 will be enrolled in the am school it was revealed by col. David w. Goodrich assistant director of Laming in charge of the technical school. All Are attached to the 320 4 Squadron. The class consists of men from Liaison Pilot plan paves Way for new flying Opportunity the Opportunity for Liaison Pilot training was opened this week by aah training com m and Headquarters at Worth for enlisted men have at least 60 hours As pilots in the last year. Officers Are not eligible for the program. Other requirements follow thex Man must Volunteer must be be tired for am training tween 18 and 37. Inclusive must in re Gyp have been enrolled. Be in the army air forces and must pass a class Lor class ii for All negro unite physical test and weigh not Moie than 170 pounds. For interested flying Cadet chm the 19th aviation Squadron and a selected group from other air forces installations who will re i chive the Standard am course leading to graduation. In order to keep these men in one group school officials worked w11i_ out a plan whereby these men fort will be enrolled on alternate Days. Who i thus men washing Back Are always in an All negro class. They will be taught by White personnel both civilian and military. Fifteen men per Day will been until the upon graduation it was assumed that Many would be transferred to an All negro fighting in or. The directive also explained Gay the 28-year-old Wichita and that any enlisted Man who com a Sheppard Field graduate was As a Basic course of instruct a a Ned to the eighth bomber Coin j jut fails to Complete a course Biland and shipped to its head j More advanced than the Basic one Charters in England on june i demoted to the Grade of 4 443.j private. In in the intervening months be advanced courses enumerated Ween june and August the com the directive include technical a lat team of which Turner was a inspector electrical instruments kiember flew on five devastating be t overhaul Mechanic bomb aids Over enemy occupied come j a it. Mechanic Power Turret and rental Europe. Each he that i gunfight Mechanic radar me Pat it Urage the ?es-?.n� 17 took 1 Chank radio observer radar be crewmen of the big by wok Rator control Tower and specie War to the enemy and Brough courses in All phases of the 4 in fort Back to her Field. A it sometime just before aug. 17, a save More planes t Feie objective was the mighty nazi a renal and machine works Cut i program in f Gelsenkirchen Germany Anda is no to c Riby Iulla a a lice More the fort was on Hei off Vay. This time what happened j clarified by memo a Nam Fel,beher1crewu\etun additional clarification and Nind then came the War depart standardization of the program to a gent s letter a missing in i discharge physically disqualify the Clew. Among them in i enlisted men from the army was v.1 v�?Taineer-0unner Turner is reported i received this week by Post his a interned in a German prison Camp quarters w a old sets. La m pro gent ter Pretie Mattei As Lorows. Pm Turner family present commanding officers May feat the ceremony Wasa in the service assigned in Eugene a. Turner who Nedal in his Brothe i or. Turners ii Ariu amp i Iota. Of Iila Jean who watched i in que Stiem. J a wide eyed excitement the pres commanding officers will deter 1 a station and the splendid review mine whether unassigned enlisted a a of troops which followed. Present by cd a should be Dis j i also was another of sergeant Lur h red 0l. Retained in the service Ujj Iery a Brothers George a. Turner View of minimum physical re-1 t Imd his wife also of Wichita . Likewise they will or. Eugene Turner proxy determine whether unassigned Albi pint of the air medal is pm Nicaj school students should played Al Sheppard As a j a a urged or retained. Of Power Plant Engineer in the Sta assigned students who Are on a son Hospital. Sergeant Turner was a Ignea at technical j amp member of the 401st l schools will be discharged Only ifequdn., of the 91st bombardment 1 concurrence of the com ? of group under the command of officer of the Organiza i Brig. Gen. F. L. Anderson who Mim Din Yinug o in ques commanded the citation at the i 1 o assigned red Ion of president Roosevelt. Ilion ate assignees til Tiew testing unit processing Volunteer cadets sent Here Vijh lit 5 in Volunteer flying trainees in this Eit District who expressed their devices ire for flying training As Avia id motion cadets at their induction Cen a caters Are now sent to Sheppard Offield for further testing at the tests Given Here include Eye tooth medical and advanced Clas a Disi fiction examinations. V.01?.&Quot Cpl feed tests Are scored Pilot Quot navigator or a a a o in b a r d Ler. A those who pass their examinations Here Are eligible for pre-5 aviation training and Are sent to colleges for their pre flight school work. Those who do not pass revert to status or remain in the aah on an enlisted status. The testing being done Here is a new phase of a program designed to provide the army air forces with aviation cadets. The unit known As aah medical and psychological unit no. 8 Ais commanded by of. Col. Stanley b. Anderson who is assisted by maj. M. F. Roff chief of the Phy Clio i logical Section. Pfc. James d. Blettner a too pie. J. D. Blettner 19, is september Mechanic of month tall bronzed James d. Blettner 19, air plane mechanics student in the 313th Squadron was named this week As Tex acts Mechanic of the month for i september. He is a private first class and a native of Indianapolis. The runners up selected by the Post faculty Are pics. Bryan n. J Roydon 311th Squadron and i Thomas m. Bishop and Henry d. Moore both of the 313th Squadron. Blettner who stands 75 inches High is the second lanky Mechanic of the month in the last three selections. Pfc. Jesse Sims no. I am tor july stood a clean 1 6-foot, 8-inches in his i Stock i Ings. Like Sims who sparked Arlington Texas High school quintets at the Pivot Post Blettner was wheel horse of last season s Purdue Frosh five. He won his hoop i spurs at Indianapolis big manual i training High school. I much of the technical to Kinmg j at Sheppard Field has come to i easy As eating a two Pound Tbone Steak lies a paid master of aeronautical theory aircraft Model building and a years grinding at the academic wheels of learning in Purdue s big aeronautical engineering department. A the main thing about getting along in am school is that a Guy has to be interested in what he s doing. Then if the Guy gets the Breaks he a in a Blettner said. He added that lie is fully determined to return to Purdue to Complete his aeronautical engineering training. A the longer i live the More i get the idea a Fella needs an education and a Good one a he said. He is determined to make aircraft his business come peace or War. Blettner Long ago made a Stab at becoming an aviation Cadet As a Pilot navigator or Bombardier. His education was right his age eyes and hearing were right his spirit was rights but the Hight surgeon uncovered a heart murmur. That misfortune is one of his deepest regrets. For interested i lying Cater cum in leu an a c inces the plan is open to those Squadron As qualified ground Prev. What have not been eliminated i mechanics. However officials stat from military courses of primary de that the men would be Pic Sec flying instruction or eliminated for combat duty which would u from flying training for air sick Bina Tely Send a potion of the Ness fear of flying or at their own graduates on o1 Jinn Ain request. Men eliminated from gild and wind up As bomber or training for flying deficiency 1 members.wi11 be considered. It the 320th Squadron to which applicants will submit their a Tho negro air plane mechanics arc plications on forms soon Avail attached has been move rec toe Able in All Sheppard Field order South Side of Tho Bac s by rooms. Selected men will re Center it is comma i of. Nebric replacement a a a ring to ports Tom in Waco. Texas. Advanced Trainin will take place at Lamesa Texas. On successful completion of Liaison Pilot training the men will be promoted to staff ser Glancies and rated a Liaison pilots. Men higher in rank than staff sergeant will retain their grades. Save More planes a i a i cd i w a i for conducting drills calisthenic and marching will be established. All men in the organization will sooner or later be Given an Opportunity to assume the responsibility of leading flights in military formations. The technical training course tor the Pioneer class of negro enplaned mechanics trainees at Sheppard Field will be of the same nature As that studied by previous classes. Reports from the War department earlier this week made note of the fact that at least two other negro am classes would begin Over the nation one at Lincoln. Neb., the other at Kessler Field miss. Name assistant executive officer it. Col. Leland f. Wykert who recently arrived Here from another station this week was named assistant Post executive officer according to an order issued by Post . A Veteran of world War i c colonel Wykert was a balloonist during that conflict and attended a number of army schools inc hiding the fort Omaha balloon school school of military aeronautics Columbus Ohio Man Euver ing school san Antonio Texas army Airship school Scott Field ii and administrative inspectors school at fort Logan. Colo. In civilian life he was exec live for a Large Omaha neb de us a a a a a a a a an a Quad thet the profit apartment store. He also is a 0iadnegro crewed fighter of Creighton University Able Cults neg or colonel Wykert was eos rats i Aldea thy Pande pro using b-26 marauders the earlier report of the expanded negro training program concerned Only men who would be assigned to the maintenance and serving in training and actual combat the famed hot flying b-26 Martin marauder already the Veteran of heavy bombing and strafing missions from North Africa Over Sicily and Italy. Recently Gen. H. H. Arnold commanding general of the army air Junior College classes Are opened Here for soldiers military personnel interested in enrolling in College classes tor col i lege credits can do so through Hardin Junior College an accredited school and member of the association of colleges and universities. Classes of the Field opened Friday night and will continue on monday and Friday nights hereafter the classes Are being held in bldg. 1109. At 7 30 p. In. What subjects will be taught will depend upon the demand according to James b. Bol in president of Hardin College who said that teachers from the school will be furnished for whatever classes Are desired. Among subjects recommended Are languages including portuguese Spanish French and English mathematics i general zoology business administration accounting and Short hand pre medic courses in Anat omy and physiology and speech. Students Over 21 can join classes without having graduated from High school but younger students and those working for College credits must present credentials. Tuition per semester is $15 for the i first course and $10 for each additional subject. Further information concerning the school can be had by applying at building 1109 on class nights or to the special service office room 12, building 844

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