Dallas O. Books

LT. DALLAS O. BOOKS
First Lieutenant Dallas O. Books, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Books, 819 Platt Street, has arrived safely in the Atlantic area, according to a cablegram received by his parents. His wife, formerly Gratia Owen, is living with her parents at Durand.

Lieutenant Books entered the Air Corps in October 1940 and received his training at Muskogee, OK and Randolph Field, TX. He was commissioned at Kelley Field, TX in June 1941. 

He is a graduate of the Eau Claire Senior High School and the teachers college here. 

Lieutenant Books, who is pilot of a B-24, was last home in August. Since he was commissioned, he has been an instructor in twin motor planes in Texas, Florida and South Carolina.


Missing in Action
LT. DALLAS BOOKS
First Lieutenant Dallas O. Books, 24, son of Acting Fire Chief and Mrs. Oliver T. Books, 819 Platt Street, has been reported as missing in action over Germany since March 18, according to a telegram from the War Department received by his parents Wednesday.

Lieutenant Books, a pilot on a B-24 bomber stationed in England, arrived overseas in January. His wife, Gratia Owen Books, lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Owen, at Durand. They have a two-year-old son. 

Books entered the Air Corps in October 1940 and was commissioned at Kelley Field, TX in June 1941. 

He is a graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School and the teachers college here.


Lt. Dallas Books Reported Killed on Flight Mission
LT. DALLAS 0. BOOKS
First Lieutenant Dallas O. Books, son of Fire Chief and Mrs. Oliver T. Books, 819 Platt Street, pilot of a B-24 bomber, was killed in action over Germany March 18, according to a War Department telegram received last Friday. 

His wife, Gratia Owen Books, and small son, Robert Dallas Books, aged 2 1/2, reside with her parents at Durand.

The notification came through the Red Cross from the German government. Lieutenant Books was formerly reported missing March 18. 

Other survivors are a brother, Duane, Eau Claire; and two grandmothers, Mrs. Anna Squires, Eau Claire and Mrs. Effie Books, Waukesha. 

Lieutenant Books was a graduate of Eau Claire High School and the state teachers college here. He entered the Air Corps in 1940 and received his training at Muskogee, OK and Randolph Field, TX. He was commissioned at Kelley Field, TX in June 1941. 

After the outbreak of the war, he did coastal patrol work on the East Coast. 

Previous to going overseas, he was an instructor at an A-20 school. He then attended B-25 school in South Carolina, B-17 school in Florida, and took intensive training in B-24 at Clovis and Alamagordo, NH. 

He was prepared to fly any type of Army plane.

Lieutenant Books flew overseas in December 1943 and, up until the time he was reported missing, had been making bombing missions over Germany .


Hold Memorial Services Sunday for Lt. D. Books
Memorial services will be held at the Second Congregational Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 for First Lieutenant Dallas O. Books, son of Fire Chief and Mrs. Oliver T. Books, 819 Platt Street. Lieutenant Books, pilot of a B-24 bomber, was killed in action over Germany on March 18, according to word received from the War Department. 

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Books; his wife, Gratia Owen Books, and small son, Robert Dallas Books, of Durand; a brother, Duane, Eau Claire, and two grandmothers, Mrs. Anna Squires, Eau Claire and Mrs. Effie Books, Waukesha.

Representatives of the Eau Claire patriotic organizations are requested to attend the memorial service.


Infantryman is Killed in France
Private First Class Donald Books was killed in action in France on August 5, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Books, 126 Ferry Street, on August 26. 

Private First Class Books was first gunner with a machine gun squad in the Infantry. 

He entered the service in January 1943; trained at Camp Robinson, AR; Fort Meade, MD and Camp McCoy, WI; arrived in England in April, and went to France in June.

Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Private First Class Raymond Books, in Italy; Private Willis Books, Camp Croft, SC; Louis and Lyle, at home; and one sister, Marjorie.

Private First Class Donald Books is a cousin of Lieutenant Dallas Books, Army Air Corps, pilot, son of Fire Chief and Mrs. O. T. Books, who was killed in action in the European Theater a short time ago.


Information submitted by Bob Books son of
Dallas O. Books, KIA 18 March 1944
books@b24.net

 
See the research that Jim Marsteller did on the crew at: http://www.b24.net/search/index.htm
 
 
Also, http://www.b24.net/jim  gives a chronological history of the Books Crew