John A. Erickson

GOOD CONDUCT
A Good Conduct Medal was presented to Private First Class John A. Erickson, 21 South Barstow Street, in a ceremony at the Eighth Air Force Fighter Command Wing Headquarters in England. Private First Class Erickson is a radio operator.

COMMENDED
Private First Class John A. Erickson, 21 South Barstow Street, has earned the commendation of his commanding general for diligence and attention to duty during March and April. He is with an Eighth Army Air Force Fighter Wing, somewhere in England.

Private First Class Erickson is a radio expert in the communications section at this station and his job contributes materially to the vital communication that must be maintained between the base and fighter planes in the air.


Eau Claire Man Commended for Attention to Duty

AN EIGHTH AAF FIGHTER WING, EnglandAlong with other members of his unit, Private First Class John A. Erickson of 21 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI, has earned the commendation of his commanding general for diligence and attention to duty during March and April.

In the commendation, which was issued to the units of his fighter wing headquarters, Brigadier General Jesse Auton of Covington, KY pointed out the importance of every job, including such routine duties as guard, clerk, and KP in the destruction of the enemy.

Private First Class Erickson is a radio expert in the important communications section at this station, and his job contributes materially to the vital communication that must be maintained between the base and fighter planes in the air.


Guides Crippled Planes Homeward

AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE FIGHTER STATION, England—Private First Class John A. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph S. Erickson, 929 Third Avenue, Eau Claire, spends many hours of each day listening to a radio for distress calls from Eighth Air Force pilots returning from combat over Germany.

As a radio operator for Brigadier General Jesse Auton’s 65th Fighter Wing, he is instrumental in guiding home battle-damaged planes and rescuing personnel who have bailed out over the cold waters of the English Channel. “I have a feeling of personal satisfaction,” explained Private First Class Erickson, “whenever a pilot is picked up by rescue craft.”

Private First Class Erickson attended Eau Claire High School and was employed by A. F. Schwahn’s and Sons Company when he entered the Army in December 1942. He was stationed in Allenhurst, NJ and Columbia Army Air Base, SC before coming overseas.