Blaine J. Ellenberger

Blaine J. Ellenberger, son of Mrs. Lillie Ellenberger, 628 Forest Street, received the silver wings of an Army Air Force's pilot and a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States Air Corps, during graduation exercises at the Spence Field Advanced Single Engine Pilot School, Moultrie, GA on October 1.

Lieutenant Blaine Ellenberger, son of Mrs. Lillie Ellenberger, 628 Forest Street, has arrived in Australia.

He received his commission and silver pilot's wings on October 1, 1943 at Spence Field, GA. He took further training at Dale Mabry Field, FL, where he flew a P-47 Thunderbolt.

Pilot Receives Army Air Medal for Achievement
Mrs. Blaine J. Ellenberger, 2018 Birch Street, recently received a letter from Lieutenant General George C. Kenney, Commander, concerning her husband's meritorious service in the Southwest Pacific area. Lieutenant Ellenberger, a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps, recently received the Air Medal. 

The letter follows: 

"Dear Mrs. Ellenberger:

"Recently your husband, Lieutenant Blaine J. Ellenberger, was decorated with the Air Medal. It was an award made in recognition of courageous service to his combat organization, his fellow American Airmen, his country, his home and to you. 

"He was cited for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial fights in the Southwest Pacific Area from February 28 to August 23, 1944. Your husband took part in sustained operational flight missions, during which hostile contact was probable and expected. These flights included interception missions against enemy fighters and bombing planes and aided considerably in the recent successes in this theater. 

"Almost every hour of every day, your husband and the husbands of other American women are doing just such things as that here in the Southwest Pacific. 

"Theirs is a very real and very tangible contribution to victory and to peace.

"I would like to tell you how genuinely proud I am to have men, such as your husband, in my command and how gratified I am to know that young Americans with such courage and resourcefulness are fighting our country's battle against the aggressor nations. 

"You, Mrs. Ellenberger, have every reason to share that pride and gratification.

"Sincerely, (Signed) GEORGE C. KENNEY, Lieutenant General, Commander"