Earl H. Madsen

Receive Silver Wings, Commissions in Army Air Corps
The largest class in the history of  the Central Unit of the Army Air Forces Training Command stepped out of the ranks of cadets into the ranks of the Army Air Forces' fighter and bomber pilots on February 8. 

The class graduated from the Command's eleven advanced schools in Texas and Oklahoma. The class was the second to graduate during 1944. 

Swelling the ranks of "the world's greatest Air Force" were graduates from every state and the District of Columbia. In addition, silver wings were awarded to pilots from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, and Peru.  

Fighter pilots were graduated from fields at Eagle Pass, Aloe, and Foster Fields, Victoria and Mission, TX. Bomber pilots received their wings at Frederick and Altus, OK; Pampa, Waco, Houston, Lubbock, and Brooks Field, TX and Blytheville, AR.  

The new pilots include 11 men from Eau Claire and nearby communities. They are Lieutenant Gilbert F. Rubenzer, Bloomer, who was graduated from Foster  Field, Victoria, TX; Lieutenant Frederick W. Butscher, Boyd, who was graduated from Pampa Field, TX; Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, 1566 East Madison Street, Eau Claire, graduated from Frederick Field, Frederic, OK; Lieutenant Henry W. Wollum, Owen, from Lubbock, TX. 

Lieutenant James Omer Bergerson, Strum, from Ellington Field, Houston, TX; Lieutenant Earl H. Madsen, Wheeler, from Brooks Field, TX; and Lieutenant Duane Glen Gehring, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Gehring, Cameron, from Blytheville, AR. 

Lieutenant Richard D. Sibley, Hayward, Altus Field, OK; Lieutenant Raymond L. Cornwell, Rice Lake, Frederick Field, OK; and Lieutenant Alois E. Fencl, Rice Lake, from Lubbock Field, TX.

Rescue Member of Crew from Burning Plane
First Lieutenant Earl H. Madsen, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Madsen, and who lived with Mr. and Mrs. Mark Traxler, Wheeler, since he was a small boy, recently received the Soldier's Medal for rescue on one of his crew members from the burning plane, following a crash.

He also holds the Air Medal for bombing missions over Berlin.

The Lieutenant enlisted on July 17, 1940 and received training at Kelley Field, TX. He went overseas last October and has been stationed in France. 

He is pilot on a B-26.