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Robert Miller, Pilot, 835th, 22 December 2014
Robert Miller, 90, of Dallas, Texas, previously
from Biloxi, MS, died in Dallas, Texas.
Major Miller was born in Burlington, Iowa on November
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolla
Alexander Miller and Mary Wagner Miller; his wife, Audrey Jeanne
Wilkes Miller; and daughter, Mary Logene Miller.
Upon graduating high school, Major Miller joined
the US Army Air Corps, where he served as a B-17 pilot with the
835th Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in World
War II. After his plane caught fire during his 17th mission, Major
Miller and his crew parachuted over Austria where he was captured
and held as a POW during the last 6 months of the war. When the
war ended he flew missions as part of the Berlin Airlift.
Later he served in the Korean War where he was
part of the 34th Troop Carrier Group. After an eventful and distinguished
military career Major Miller retired in 1965 in Biloxi, MS.
He loved collecting stamps, wood working, building
and flying radio controlled model airplanes, traveling, and watching
sports, especially the Chicago White Sox.
Richard Stilling, 835th: 21 December 2014
Arthur J. Bryant, Navigator, Ewing Crew, 832nd,
13 November 2014.
Known as Jack to his friends and family. Jack was
born on September 9, 1924 in Lynn, MA, and lived in Vernon, CT,
for over 50 years.
Jack flew 35 combat missions with the Ewing crew.
Chester W. Kology, TG, Foy Crew, 834th, 21 October
Chet, 97, of Stafford Springs, CT, was preceded
in death by his wife, Lorraine L. (nee Christensen).
He was born in Galletzin, PA, son of the late John
and Pauline (Ciscon) Kology who raised their family in Stafford
Hollow. Growing up, Chet raised and sold rabbits, rode motorcycles,
played ice hockey on the pond with his brothers and best friend
Jim Vail, and together they survived many happy boyhood adventures.
Chet flew 36 bombing missions during World War
II as a tail gunner on the Foy Crew, 834th.
In early years, Chet worked as a weaver at Warren
Woolen Company and later as a tool maker at various machine shops
in Connecticut and Massachusetts. With a large family, Chet was
always busy and prepared to offer wisdom and manpower to any projects.
Robert R. Conlen, R/O/G, Stuart's Crew, 835th,
10 October 2014
Robert was born in Flint April 1, 1924. He married
Audrey E. Morse Bedford in Flushing in 1967. He was a graduate of
Flint Technical High School in 1942. Robert served with the Stuart
Crew, 835th, until transferred to the 9th AF in July 1944. Following
the war, Robert served an apprenticeship in Tool and Die and attended
GMI during this period. He then was employed by Automobile Carriers
rising to the position of General Manager. After that he was the
Vice President and General Manager of Janesville Auto Transport
in Janesville Wisconsin. After that he and his loving partner and
wife Audrey purchased and operated the Fenton A&W. In his retirement
he was a driver for Gerych Flowers and Gifts until 2004. He was
a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Curtis- Wolverton VFW
post in Fenton.
Albert H. Holman, Copilot, Ogle's Crew, 833rd,
9 October 2014
Salvatore V. Muscarella, 486th, 05 September 2014
Elmo B. Rieddle, 832nd, 16 August 2014
Sidney J. Penman, BG, Riley Crew, 833rd, 13 June
Sid was born in Williston, N.D., on July 30, 1925,
to Sid and Velma Penman. He graduated from Rathdrum High School
Sid joined the Army Air Corp on September 21, 1943.
He flew his first 31 missions over Germany and his 32nd, and last,
mission over occupied France - all in the ball turret of a B-17.
Sid was discharged as a Sergeant in November 1945.
One of the highlights of Sid's later years was
being part of one of the first Honor Flights to Washington D.C.
Sid enjoyed spending time in the outdoors - camping
and hunting with his family and friends, especially on the St. Joe.
He shot a bull moose in 1989, the very first year a drawing was
offered in Idaho.
Sid was preceded in death by his parents, Sid and
Velma Penman; brother, Richard "Dick" Penman; and nephew, Richard
Wallace D. Rosser, BG, Moss Crew, 834th, 23 May
Wallace passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, in North
Park Village Assisted Living in Ozark.
Wallace was born June 28, 1925, in Long Beach,
California, the son of Levi David Rosser and Seneth Elizabeth (Moodie)
Rosser. On June 26, 1948 he and Frances Mariel Shine were united
A mechanical Engineer, Mr. Rosser worked in the
oil refinery business of Dresser Industries, now Halliburton.
William E. Ingram, HQ, 08 May 2014:
Known to family and friends as Elbert was buried
on Monday, May 12 2014 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in the Garden
of Peace in Dallas. Elbert was born in Lindale.
Military Honors were rendered at graveside to honor
Elbert's faithful and dedicated military service to the United States.
Mr. Ingram passed away May 8, 2014 at Baylor University
Medical Center in Dallas. He was born Jan. 11, 1923 in Lindale to
Ennis Elbert Ingram and Mary Lena Starnes Ingram.
He attended Tyler Commercial College in Tyler and
prior to WW II, worked at LaWard, Texas in the office of Rural Electric
Co. and Bethlehem Oilfield Supply Co.
After the war he worked a short time for Bethlehem
Supply Co. at Winnsboro prior to being hired in the home office
of Hunt Oil Company at Dallas.
After 34 years of faithful service, he retired
with Hunt Energy Corporation as supervisor of the Joint Interest
and Material Accounting Department.
Stanley Bussis, 8 April 2014
Stanley served in the USAF following the war and
rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Walter C. Gibson, Copilot, Hodges Crew, 833rd.
27 February 2014
Walter was born February 12, 1924, and passed away
15 days after his 90th birthday, on February 27th. He is survived
by his wife of 67 years, Frances, nee Ragan.
Walter attended Central High and graduated from
Vanderbilt's school of engineering and earned his master's degree
from Purdue. He worked for DuPont and retired after 30 years. He
was a longtime member of the Woodmont Christian Church, and a charter
member of the Middle Tennessee Bomb Group Association.
Leonard H. Belair, RO/G, Tulman Crew, 832nd: February
Leonard Henry Belair, 93, of Woodstock, was born
January 21, 1921 in Putnam he was the son of Joseph Moses and Lucender
In 1945 after returning from WWII Army Air Corp.
service in Europe he married Edna Cole West of Woodstock. The couple
settled in Glastonbury where they raised their family. In the 1950's
Leonard founded Sound Engineering Corp. in Hartford. He operated
the business until 1980 when he semi-retired. Returning to Woodstock
he worked as a financial planner until age 70. Leonard and Edna
enjoyed their retirement sharing good times with cherished friends
and an annual family reunion at the Woodstock Fair. Leonard was
a communicant at the Most Holy Trinity Church in Pomfret, an active
member of the Woodstock Agricultural Society and sexton for Quasset
Cemetery. He enjoyed music, dancing, bird watching, tinkering with
clocks and caring for his home.
In his later years he always wore his signature
bolo tie. Leonard's willingness to offer a helping hand, his belief
in doing the right thing, quick wit and great story telling abilities
made him a welcomed friend. He was known for his hugs - his grandchildren
will always remember his greeting as he would pick them up, twirl
them around and give the best hugs ever. In 2012 Leonard was preceded
in death by Edna, his wife of 67 years and by three siblings.
Quentin F. Ingerson, Navigator, Walthall's Crew,
832nd, 4 February 2014
Quentin died peacefully of complications of Alzheimer's
Born to Fred and Theresa Ingerson of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin on June 9, 1924. In 1942, Quentin joined the Army Air
Force and qualified as a navigator. Assigned to the Walthall Crew,
832nd, he began flying combat on August 1, 1944. Sadly, on the 4th,
his aircraft collided with a Fortress flown by LT Harper. Harper
and his copilot, LT Scully, were the only survivors of their crew.
All aboard the ship flown by Walthall and his copilot, FO Myers,
initially survived. Quentin and the flight engineer, Kazmer Rachak,
parachuted to safety. The remainder of the crew stayed with the
aircraft and made a wheels up landing on the island of Borkum at
the western edge of the East Frisian Islands in the North Sea. There,
they were taken into custody and shortly thereafter were murdered
by their captors. Quentin and Kazmer were POW'd. Both escaped during
the "Death March", but Quentin would be recaptured by a member of
the SS after a week and would remain in prison until liberated.
In 2003, Kazmer and Quentin were invited to Borkum,
Germany, to participate in the dedication of a memorial in memory
of his murdered crewmates.
At the time of his liberation, Quentin's liver
was not functioning properly and he was severely jaundiced and quite
ill. He was bed ridden during his return to the US, but recovered
fully. Using the GI bill, Quentin went to college, earning a degree
in Chemical Engineering from Michigan University. He holds one patent
to himself, and shares two others with a coworker, while both were
employed by Ampco Metal, Inc, of Milwaukee, WI.
Quentin is survived by his loving wife, Katy (nee
Sweeney), his brother Marvin, nieces, nephews and his step-children.
Quentin W. Gilham, Aircraft Mechanic, 835th, 27
Quentin, 82, died of natural causes at the Blackfeet
Community Hospital on Thursday, Jan 27. Rosary Services were held
Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Little Flower Catholic Church with a funeral
mass being held Monday, Jan 31. Burial followed in Willow Creek
Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Quentin was born April 28, 1922 in Browning to
William and Daisy (Norris) Gilham. He grew up in the Browning, Cut
Bank, and Seville areas, and graduated from Browning High School
in 1942. Following his graduation, he served in the 835th BS (H)
as a aircraft mechanic, stationed out of Suffolk, England.
Quentin was a Wildland firefighter. He was one
of a group who was the first to become certified crew bosses on
the Blackfeet Reservation. He was also a bartender for many years.
William H. Abington, 832nd, 4 January 2014;
Bill, a former Texas state legislator and longtime
oil industry executive, passed away in Austin on January 4, 2014
at age 92. Abington was born on September 6, 1921, in Childress,
Texas at the home of his parents, Hallie Crawford Abington and Edward
Bannerman Abington. He graduated from Childress High School and
moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1939. He attended Texas Christian
University until the beginning of World War II at which time he
enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He ultimately being assigned to the
832nd Heavy Bombardment Squadron. He served from 1942 to 1945 during
which he met and married his wife, Katherine Ruth Salisbury. After
VE Day, he returned to the United States and his wife, Katherine
Ruth Salisbury Abington and daughter, who was born while he
was overseas. Following his return from active duty, Bill served
four consecutive terms as a member of the Tarrant County delegation
in the Texas House of Representatives from 1946-1953. Also, during
this period, he attended Baylor University Law School and received
his LLB and JD degrees and entered into private law practice in
Fort Worth, Texas. In 1950, a second child was born to Ruth and
He left his private practice in 1953 when asked
to join Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (now Texas Oil
& Gas Association) to serve on staff as an attorney. He was then
promoted to General Counsel in 1960 and further promoted to Executive
Vice President and General Counsel in 1971. In 1981, he was made
President and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989.
He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 1990 recognizing
his service and leadership to the development of the Texas petroleum
industry throughout his career. Abington was a prominent figure
in the petroleum industry for almost four decades.
Bill had many avid interests. Among them were golf,
travel, gardening, politics and entertaining. As a member of golf
clubs in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and Colorado Springs, he shared
many memories with friends, business associates and most fondly
with his son, Tom. He also fulfilled a life- long dream of playing
some of the most revered golf courses in Scotland and Ireland with
Tom. He loved and valued his family, friends and country. He had
an exceptional way with people regardless of their station in life.
He was truly interested in others and that endeared him to all that
knew him. Among his many admirable qualities were his sense of optimism
and his integrity which served him well throughout his life and
provided a role model for others. In 1998, he lost his wife, Ruth,
to Alzheimer's disease after many years of his committed care for
her. A year later, he married Nancy Sayers and they enjoyed years
of travel and sharing of friends, family and good times. The Sayers
and Abington families dovetailed beautifully and he considered Nancy's
sons, their wives, children and grandchildren his family as well.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents, Hallie
and Edward Abington, his brother, Edward Gordon Abington, a step-mother,
Hazel Hunter Abington and his first wife, Katherine Ruth Abington.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Sayers Abington, daughter, son,
as well as grandchildren and step-sons.
Lloyd W. Wilson, Gunnery Instructor
Lloyd, 93, of Tyler, died on Dec. 28 in Tyler following
a short illness.
Lloyd was born Jan. 14, 1920 in Edgerton, Ohio
to Harry McClain and Mary Elizabeth Wilson. Lloyd considered it
an honor to serve his country in World War II as a Tech Sergeant
in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of the 486th as a gunnery
instructor prior to flying missions in Europe as a B-24 tail gunner.
Following his military service, Lloyd worked for
the Cotton Belt Railroad in St. Louis and moved to Tyler in 1955
when the Cotton Belt opened headquarters here. He was a traffic
representative, edited the company magazine and worked in public
He enjoyed singing in church choirs in Tyler and
Dallas and was charter secretary of the T.B. Butler Foundation.
His hobbies included woodworking, photography, and computers. He
enjoyed his iPad 2 acquired following a stroke in 2010.
In recent years, he served on the prayer team at
Marvin United Methodist Church and was a member of the Friendly
Following the death of his first wife, Gerry, after
more than 50 years of marriage, Lloyd married Carole and fulfilled
her childhood dream of going to Scotland, taking her there on their
honeymoon. He surprised her with a second trip to Scotland two years
later. Lloyd learned to dance at age 73, and he and Carole enjoyed
many evenings of dancing. The most memorable involved a 30-minute
bus ride from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to a ballroom where
they learned to Salsa and danced the night away.
Their most meaningful shared experience during
more than 20 years of marriage was their mutual faith in Jesus Christ,