|Russell B. Blakely|
|Cpl. R. Blakely Receives Silver Gunner's Wings|
|CPL. RUSSELL BLAKELY
Corporal Russell B. Blakely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett G. Blakely, Eau Claire and Menomonie, received his silver wings at the Flexible Gunnery School at Las Vegas, NV on February 2, last.
Corporal Blakely has reported to his station at Tampa, FL, after spending a 15-day furlough here, visiting his wife and parents.
He enlisted on June 11, 1942 and received his training at St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, NE; and Buffalo, NY. He left for the Aleutian Islands on March 20, 1943 and returned to the United States on November 9, 1943 to attend the gunnery school. He graduated one of the highest in his class.
Corporal Blakely was stationed about 40 miles from Kiska. He won the Good Conduct Ribbon and the American-Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War Medal.
He attended schools in Dunn County.
Staff Sergeant Russell G. Blakely has participated in a course designed to bridge the gap between training in the States and soldiering in an active theater of war at an Air Service Command station somewhere in England.
|Reported Missing Over Germany|
|S/SGT. RUSSELL BLAKELY
Staff Sergeant Russell G. Blakely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett G. Blakely, of this city, is missing in action over Germany, according to a telegram from the War Department received by his wife. He has been missing since July 31. He was a First Engineer on a B-17 plane.
Sergeant Blakely has been in the service for two years. He enlisted on June 11, 1942 and, after receiving his training at several camps, he was sent to the Aleutian Islands on March 20, 1943. He returned to the United States on November 9, 1943 to attend a gunnery school, from which he was graduated. He was sent overseas on June 15 of this year and was stationed in England.
Mrs. Blakely arrived in Eau Claire from Chicago Monday evening to spend some time with her husband's parents.