Owen Ayres

Owen Ayres Gets Commission in Army Air Corps
Owen Ayres, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Ayres, 415 Roosevelt Avenue, recently was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces at Turner Field, Albany, GA, Colonel John B. Patrick, Commanding Officer, announced.

Lieutenant Ayres, who is one of the youngest pilots ever graduated from Turner Field, left last night for Westover Field, MA, where he has been assigned as pilot of a B-24 Liberator, 4-engine bomber.

Lieutenant Ayres entered the service as an Aviation Cadet on April 1, 1943, while in his senior year at Eau Claire High School and received training at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL; Darr-Aero Tech, Albany, GA; and Macon, GA, before taking his advanced training at Turner Field, where he received his pilot's wings and commission.

Lt. Owen Ayres Wins Award for Bomb Missions
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE LIBERATOR STATION, England--Award of the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal to First Lieutenant Owen Ayres for "meritorious achievement in aerial operational missions over Germany and enemy-occupied territory," was announced recently by Major General William E. Kepner, Commanding General of a Liberator bomber division.

Lieutenant Ayres, pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Ayres, 415 Roosevelt Avenue.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on January 7, 1944 and was promoted to First Lieutenant in August. He has been overseas since May 23.

Lieutenant Ayres was graduated from Eau Claire High School in June 1943, while then serving as an aviation cadet.

Lt. Owen Ayres Back from Combat
First Lieutenant Owen Ayres, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert O. Ayres of 415 Roosevelt Avenue, is currently assigned to the Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 4 at Santa Ana Army Air Base.

Lieutenant Ayres, a pilot aboard a B-24 Liberator in the European Theater of Operations, entered the service on April 2, 1943 and went overseas in April 1944. He has been awarded the European Theater Ribbon with two Battle Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He has completed 34 missions serving in England.

At this redistribution station, an operation of the Personnel Distribution Command, combat returnees of the Army Air Forces receive complete medical examinations, classification interviews, and reassignment to domestic stations of the Army Air Forces.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Owen is believed to be the youngest pilot in the U.S. Army, while President George Bush, Sr., was the youngest Navy pilot. The Ayres family owned and operated the Eau Claire Sand and Gravel Company. Owen became the State of Wisconsin's Secretary of Transportation and started the architectural firm of Owen Ayres.