Merlin B. Asplin

HIGH RECORD
Corporal Merlin B. Asplin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Asplin, 822 Menomonie Street, achieved the highest scholastic record of the latest graduating class at Scott Field, IL, parent radio school of the Army Air Forces Training Command. Corporal Asplin had a scholastic average of 92.3 per cent and a code speed of 30 words per minute. Scott Field trains the radio operators for American bombers.

SGT. MERLIN B. ASPLIN
Sergeant Merlin B. Asplin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil V. Asplin, 822 Menomonie Street, is a radio operator on a B-29 Superfortress based at Saipan. He left for overseas last October.

Sergeant Asplin was mentioned in a recent news item from the headquarters of the 21st Bomber Command at Saipan, telling of the "buddy system" used by Superforts in raids on Japan, in which each plane is assigned another to be its helper in case of trouble. 

Sergeant Merlin was listed as a member of the crew of a plane piloted by Major Russell E. Cheever, whose plane was threatened with disaster by a "windmilling propeller" near the coast of Japan. A "buddy plane," piloted by Major Walter F. Todd of Rising Sun, IN, turned back and led Cheever's plane 1500 miles, back to Saipan, dropping flares at intervals to blaze the course after darkness fell.

Sergeant Asplin achieved the highest scholastic record of his graduating class at Scott Field, IL, the largest radio school of the Army Air Forces Training Command. He has an average of 92.3 and a code speed of 30 words a minute.

He received his basic training at Camp Crowder; Kansas City; Des Moines; Scott Field; St. Louis; Great Bend, Kansas; and Kearney, NE. He was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant last October.


WRONG PLANE
In the "Serve Seas" item published yesterday, it was stated that Sergeant Merlin Asplin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Asplin, 822 Menomonie Street, was a member of a crippled B-29 Superfortress over the coast of Japan. Sergeant Asplin was in the rescuing "buddy plane," piloted by Major Walter F. Todd, of Rising Sun, IN.