Edward Gorkowski

Eau Claire Man Gets Wings as Flight Officer
Richard A. Ganther, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Ganther, 1607 South Farwell Street, was awarded the wings of a flying officer and received an appointment as a Flight Officer in the Army Air Forces at the Stuttgart Army Air Field, Stuttgart, AR.

Flight Officer Ganther is a member of Class 43-1, the third class to complete the intensive training course at Stuttgart's two-engine advanced flying school.

Dick Perry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Perry, Route 1, Boyd, was recently commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces at Turner Field, Albany, GA. He received his silver wings upon completion of the final phase of aviation cadet training.

Edward Gorkowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gorkowski, Fairchild, also received his silver wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces at Turner Field, Albany, GA.  Turner Field, an Advanced Flying School, is one of a group of air bases which composes the Army Air Forces Southeast Training Center.

Second Lieutenant Edward Gorkowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gorkowski, of Fairchild, and Private Dale L. Kregness, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Kregness, [?] First Avenue, recently completed an orientation course designed to bridge the gap between training in the States and combat soldiering against the enemy in France, according to a dispatch received from an Air Service Command station in England.

Lieutenant Edward Gorkowski, pilot on a B-24 Liberator bomber, Eighth Air Force, arrived home from England on a 21-day leave.

Lieutenant Gorkowski has made thirty-five missions and has five Oak Leaf Clusters to his Air Medal. He is spending his leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gorkowski, at Fairchild.

Lieutenant Gorkowski will report on April 10 at Santa Ana, CA for reassignment.

B-24 Co-Pilot Is Given Fifth Oak Cluster to Medal
AN 8TH AIR FORCE LIBERATOR STATION, England—First Lieutenant Edward Gorkowski, an 8th Air Force co-pilot on a B-24 Liberator, has just recently been awarded a fifth  Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal. The citation in part reads: "For meritorious achievement in accomplishing aerial operational missions over enemy-occupied continental Europe. Lieutenant Gorkowski's actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."

He is a member of Colonel A. W. Reed's 491st Heavy Bomb Group of the Second Air Division, commanded by Major General William E. Kepner.

Lieutenant Gorkowski has flown 35 combat missions, participating in attacks on Saarbrucken, Hamburg, Brunswick, St. Lo, Karlsruhe, Mainz, Metz, Aachen, Arnheim, Frankfurt, and military installations in conjunction with Allied ground advances. 

Lieutenant Gorkowski has been in the Army two years. He received his wings at Turner Field, Albany, GA and completed his combat training at Pueblo, CO.  He is a former student of the River Falls State Teachers College. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gorkowski, live at Fairchild, WI.