Bernard W. Kyes

Pilots Receive Army Wings
A force of more than one thousand young Midwesterners became combat pilots on March 13 in eleven simultaneous Army Air Forces Training Command ceremonies.

Those from this locality receiving their pilot's wings include: Flight Officer Mason R. Burns, 320 Eighth Avenue, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Ellington Field, TX; Second Lieutenant Bernard W. Kyes, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Blackland Field, Waco, TX; Second Lieutenant Ralph Poss, 927 Chauncey, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Blackland Field; and Second Lieutenant Bruce W. Jordan, Stanley, who was graduated from Eagle Pass Field, TX.

Others who also received their wings and commissions of assignments as Flight Officers included: Second Lieutenant Willard J. Jacobson, Hixton, from Blackland; Flight Officer Joseph G. Rose III, Luck, from Blackland; Second Lieutenant John B. Haas, Marinette, from Aloe Field, Victoria, TX; Second Lieutenant Eugene J. Link, Ridgeland, from Blackland; and Second Lieutenant Robert E. Boernke, Woodville, from Eagle Pass Field.

There were 92 fliers from Wisconsin who graduated during the exercises last week.

First Lieutenant Eleanor Cusick, daughter of C. B. Cusick, 125 Broadway, Eau Claire, has arrived in New Guinea.

Lieutenant Cusick, a graduate of the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, was working with Dr. S. B. Russell of the Midelfort Clinic here, when she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in September 1942.

She was stationed at Chanute Field, IL, before being sent overseas.

Her brother, Lieutenant Henry B. Cusick, is in the Army Air Forces at Dayton, OH and she has a nephew, Lieutenant Bernard Kyes, at the Army Air Field in Liberal, Kansas.

Lieutenant Bernard W. Kyes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney A. Kyes, Rural Route 3, Eau Claire, has completed 15 weeks of intensive four-engine bomber pilot training at Liberal Army Air Field, Kansas, a "postgraduate" school of the Army Air Forces Training Command.

He is now rated an "Airplane Commander," qualified to command the crew of a giant Liberator bomber.

Lieutenant Kyes entered the Army Air Forces Cadet Training Program in June 1943. He completed successfully the pilot training course and received his wings and commission on March 12, 1944 at Blackland Army Air Field.

Lt. Bernard Kyes Gets Air Medal
Second Lieutenant Bernard W. Kyes, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Kyes, Eau Claire, has been presented with the Air Medal for his achievement with the 44th Bombardment Group, a B-24 Liberator organization in England.

As a pilot in Colonel Eugene H. Snavely's veteran Eighth Air Force Group, Lieutenant Kyes has taken part in aerial attacks upon such enemy strongholds as Hamburg, Berlin, Magdeburg, and Hamm.

"The courage, coolness, and skill displayed by this man," reads the official citation, "reflect great credit upon the Armed Forces of the United States."

Part of the Second Bombardment Division, commanded by Major General William E. Koener, the 44th Bombardment Group, was one of the first Liberator organizations to arrive in the European Theater of Operations. The 44th has been cited twice by the War Department for valor in action, and it has participated in more than 300 missions against the enemy. Major James C. McAtee, Squadron Commander, presented Lieutenant Kyes of Eau Claire with the Air Medal.