The six pictures below were received just before the 2014 Reunion. They were sent by Brian Wyllie (John Schill’s nephew) and Mark LaScotte (Jerome LaScotte’s nephew). Additional information will be added as received. If you can identify anyone, please let us know.
14th FG recipients of DFC
In Training In North Africa John “Jack” G. Schill J
1st. Lt. Henry Blood, 48th FS Armament Officer
Members of the 14 FG in North Africa Front row (far left) Jerome LaScotte; back row (far left) Rupert “Sparky” Sparks
The below pictures were sent to the Association by Brian Baird, grandson of George W. Baird, Jr.
Until these pictures were received, the only information on the web site was that Lt. Baird was lost over Hungary on Nov. 26, 1944.
In the never-ending “it’s a small world” saga, the picture on the right shows Roger Weatherbee next to Lady Lorraine II.
Lt. George Baird, Jr. w/ P-38 131
Lt. George W. Baird, Jr. (KIA Nov. 1944)
Roger Weatherbee w/ Lady Lorraine II
The nine pictures below were sent by Bob Carlton. They are recently scanned pictures from his father’s (Robert N. Carlton) photo album.
These pictures actually predate the 49th Squadron for these individuals since they taken at the Luke Advanced Flying School.
The below four pictures were from “Sparky” Sparks via Mark LaScotte (Jerome LaScotte’s nephew).
We received these pictures to the from James Ritter’s son.
The picture shows (l.-r.) Capt. James Ritter, Lt. Frank Mullinax, and Capt. Gordon Abbingdon
Col. Campbell, C.O. of 14th Fighter Group
Some of the following pictures were taken at San Savero, Italy (Foggia) 1944-1945.
Modeling new Army Air Force uniforms Lt. Hokem and Lt. Hostetler
Lt. Kostrena and Lt. Jim Zingg
Lt. Ollie Bryant
Capt. Carr, Lt. Forrester (in cockpit)
Blueher between flights
L-R- Jim Riley, Walt King, Jack Lenox, Harry Greenup
Ed Baquet and Jim Zingg during WW II
Ed Baquet and Jim Zingg recreating the picture in 1990
With the passing earlier this year of Joel Owens, the four men pictured above are all now flying with Billy Mitchell. Joel was an Ace with the 49th Fighter Squadron. He was credited with five kills
Lt. Ed Baquet
Top row- Lt. Jim Zingg and Lt. Gronhand, Bottom row- Lt. Slathow and Lt. Durgin
Above: Paul Scharff, Russ Sanders, Ross Swinford, Bill Slade Mills Field 4 Apr 1942
P-38F – Lockheed Interceptor 49th Fighter Squadron Hamilton Field – San Rafael, CA June 15 – 1942 (missing from picture – Phil Works, Jack Hoelle)
49th Pursuit Squadron, Mills Field, CA 4-22-1942
Above: Top row- Oliver Hays, Johnny Caputo, Paul Cochran, Earl Wilson, Richard Grady, John Mikodem, William Barr. Front row- Frank Duncan, Soren ‘Whitey’ Anton, Norman Jackson, Lincoln Jones
Lt. Royal Gilkey 49th Intelligence Officer
On a lazy Sunday
Jim and Jean Riley
Lt. Nerney, Lt. Bro, and Lt. Warren
“Moose” Clareman, Maurice Weiner, Dause (Dawes?) (After the war, Weiner changed his name to Lanes)
Celebrating 2 years overseas. Maurice Weiner, Phil Goldstein, Edgar Combs, Bauer. (After the war, Goldstein changed his name to Graham)
“The war is over in Europe” reads the Stars and Stripes headline! Celebrating are: Standing – Matthews, Littlefield, and Raymond Mack Kneeling – Alan Cohrs, Milton May
The above picture appeared in the Burkburnett (TX) Informer/Star on Thursday, July 1, 1993.
Left: Don “Tiny” Lipscombe and Martin (?) scrounging. Does anyone recall Martin’s last name? It began with a C. He was from Scranton, PA
The following photographs are from the personal records of Harold T. Harper, and were taken while he was serving in North Africa (1942-1943). Harold is shown third from the right in the photo.
(Nine pilots during the North Africa campaign.) L-R: Frederick J. Bitten, Marlow J. Leikness (ACE), Carroll S. Knott (ACE), Richard E. Decker, Anthony Evans (ACE), William J. Gregory, Harold T. Harper, Lloyd K. DeMoss, Wayne M. Manlove.
Great shot of Don Luttrell awaiting takeoff. Note the great big squadron patch on his jacket.
Harold T. Harper being strapped into his cockpit by his Crew Chief, Michael Whiteford.
Crew Chief Michael Whiteford is shown in front of the hut he built with scrounged pieces of wood. (It looks good enough to be sold at Home Depot.) He placed it next to where his aircraft was parked for quicker access.
The following photographs are from the private collection of Revis Sirmon, who flew 50 missions while serving in the 49th from 1943-1945.
In 1969, Revis and a friend, who had also been a P-38 pilot in World War II (but not in the 49th) together purchased a P-38 Lightning, which they restored to immaculate condition. The two once again conquered the skies until 1973, when a friend of theirs, who was checking out in the aircraft, lost control and crashed. Alas, neither the pilot nor the plane survived the crash.
The pictures below were taken when the squadron was stationed in Africa. They are from the private collection of Bob Carlton, and were provided by his son Robert, who is in the process of putting his dad’s photo albums in order.
49th FS Circa 1944-Note Lt Semple Second row
“Deacon Milton “Jim” Butler
Duncan & “Whitey” Anton
Virgil Lusk in England
Bob Carlton- “Going home” 1943
Gustke, Woodward, Moore, & Evans
Hangman 49th FighterSquadron 1944
Kielbasa, Murray, and Moore
Murray, Knapp, & Wolfmueller
North Africa Pilot 003
North Africa Pilots 21-2
North Africa Pilots 28-12b
Wolfmueller and Arabs
Revis Sirmon’s “Scatterbrain Kid”
Here’s how we look today.
Alma and ‘Sparky’ Sparks looking healthy and happy
Clockwise, from L to R: (?), (?), Guy Hester, (?),Erma Hester, (?), Gladys Kishbaugh (blue dress), (?)
Roger Weatherbee, Jack Lenox, Bill Armstrong, Don Luttrell, Sparky Sparks, Jack Schetler
Don Luttrell, Roger Weatherbee, Bill Armstrong
Don Luttrell and Roger Weatherbee