Vernon C. Janke

RADIO COURSE
Private Vernon C. Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, is taking a course in radio operating and mechanics to fit him for duty as member of a bombing crew at Scott Field, IL. He was transferred to the Army Air Forces from the Infantry.

GRADUATES
Private Vernon C. Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, has been graduated from the Army Air Forces Training Command Radio School at Scott Field, IL, after completing a course in radio operator-mechanics. He attended Eau Claire Senior High School and Lake Forest College, IL.

AERIAL GUNNER
Vernon C. Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J.  Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, received his silver aerial gunner's wings and was promoted to the grade of Corporal, when he completed the Flexible Gunnery Course for radio men at the Yuma Army Air Field recently. Prior to his training in flexible gunnery, Corporal Janke graduated from the Radio Operators and Mechanics School, Scott Field, IL.

B-24 CREW
Corporal Vernon Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, is completing his training on a Liberator bomber at Pueblo, CO. He entered the service in March 1943.

CPL. VERNON JANKE
Corporal Vernon Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, is completing his training on a Liberator bomber at Pueblo Army Air Base. He is the radio operator and a gunner on his crew and is being fitted to be a valuable member of a "team" that will carry the fight into enemy territory.

A carpenter to civilian life, Janke entered the service in March 1943.


Radio Gunner in Italy Promoted
15TH AAF IN ITALY—Vernon C. Janke, 20, 525 Putnam Drive, Eau Claire, Radio-Gunner in a B-24 Liberator squadron, recently was promoted to the grade of Sergeant.

Since his arrival in Italy last February, Sergeant Janke has become a veteran of missions to oil refineries, railroad yards, air fields, harbors, and bridges in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and northern Italy.

He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge as a member of a heavy bombardment group, which was awarded the gold-rimmed Blue Ribbon for the bombing of underground oil storage installations at Vienna, Austria.

Sergeant Janke was graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1941, where he was a member of the senior band. Prior to entering the service, he attended Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, IL. 

Entering the Army Air Corps in March 1943, he has been graduated from radio school, Scott Field, IL and Yuma School of Gunnery, Yuma, AZ. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Janke, reside at 525 Putnam Drive, Eau Claire.


PROMOTED
Vernon C. Janke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, 525 Putnam Drive, was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant. He is a radio-gunner in a B-24 Liberator squadron, serving with the Fifteenth Army Air Force in Italy. Sergeant Janke graduated from Eau Claire High School in1941 and entered the Air Corps in March 1943, receiving his training at Scott Field, IL and Yuma, AZ.

SGT. VERNON JANKE
Sergeant Vernon Janke has arrived in Italy, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, 525 Putnam Drive. He is a radio operator and gunner on a B-24.

He entered the service in March 1943 and received training at Camp Robinson, AR; Lake Forest College, IL; Keesler Field, MS; Scott Field, IL; and Yuma Army Air Forces Training School, AZ. He received his final course at a gunnery school at Pueblo Field, CO.

He has one brother, Corporal Howard Janke, in training in TX, and another brother, Gerald Janke, in the Navy.


B-24 Radio Gunner Awarded Air Medal
15TH AFF in Italy—Staff Sergeant Vernon C. Janke, 20, 525 Putnam Drive,  radio-gunner in the 484th Heavy Bomb Group, recently was awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement during aerial flight."

Since his arrival in Italy, Sergeant Janke has become a veteran of missions to oil refineries, air fields, and railroad yards throughout southern Europe.

He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge as a member of a veteran B-24 Liberator Group, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Chester O. Busch, which was awarded the nation's highest group award for the bombing of underground oil storage installations at Vienna, Austria.

Commenting on his adventures, Sergeant Janke spoke of his missions to bomb German troop concentrations in northern Italy as the "missions I get the greatest satisfaction from."

Sergeant Janke was graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1941, where he was a member of the senior band. Prior to entering the service, he attended Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, IL.

Entering the Army Air Corps in March 1943, he was graduated from Scott Field Radio School, Scott Field, IL and Yuma School of Gunnery, Yuma, AZ. Before leaving for overseas duty, he was stationed at Pueblo, Co. 

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Janke, reside at 525 Putnam Drive.