Galen Keith McGinnis

ARMAMENT SCHOOL
Private Galen Keith McGinnis, son of Mr. and Mrs. K. E. McGinnis, 1004 Third Avenue, has recently been graduated from Armament School at Buckley Field, CO. Prior to his induction, he was a student.

Eau Claire men, Corporal Galen K. McGinnis, son of Kenneth E. McGinnis, 1004 Third Avenue, and Private First Class Clinton T. Knox, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Knox, 103 Washington Street, are attending the Heavy Bomber Gunnery School at Sioux City, Iowa. Both will complete courses soon, when they will be assigned to overseas duty. Corporal McGinnis entered the service on July 7, 1943 and Private First Class Knox on February 20, 1944.

PROMOTION of Galen K. McGinnis, 19, from the grade of Corporal to Sergeant has been announced by his Commanding Officer, Colonel Frank P. Bostrom of Bangor, ME. The airman is toggleier and nose gunner in the 490th Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress unit of the Eighth Air Force. Sergeant McGinnis is now participating in heavy bombing attacks over Germany. Sergeant McGinnis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. McGinnis of 1004 Third Avenue and, prior to entering the Army Air Forces in July 1943, he graduated from Eau Claire High School.

Turret Gunner Gets Air Medal
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, ENGLAND
Sergeant Galen K. McGinnis, 19, of Eau Claire, has been awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement" on bombing attacks over Germany.

The flyer displayed "courage, coolness, and skill" while serving as a ball turret gunner in the 490th Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress unit of the Eighth Air Force, commanded by Colonel Frank P. Bostrom of Bangor, Maine.

Sergeant McGinnis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. McGinnis of 1004 Third Avenue and, prior to entering the Army Air Forces in July 1943, was a student at Eau Claire Senior High School.


Wounded Over Germany, Plane Lands in Belgium
SGT. G. K. MCGINNIS
Sergeant Galen K. McGinnis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. McGinnis, 1004 Third Avenue, was seriously wounded on a bombing mission over Germany on February 14, according to a telegram from the War Department, followed by letters from the Sergeant.

Sergeant McGinnis, a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress of the Eighth Air Force based in England, is now in a hospital in England. He writes that his leg was fractured in a couple of places when flak struck their plane. A piece of flak also caused a leg wound. 

The plane was damaged by flak bursts and, with a couple of engines knocked out, the pilot landed it in Belgium and took Sergeant McGinnis to a British field hospital. 

"I certainly owe those boys a lot," the Sergeant wrote, referring to members of his crew. "They risked their lives for me. No one else was hurt though, thank God." 

Sergeant McGinnis was moved from Belgium to an American hospital in England and reports that he is getting along fine. He expects to be able to be up on crutches in a couple of months.


IN ARMY HOSPITAL
Returning to the United States on the U. S Hospital ship, Louis A. Milne, after seven months service in the Army Air Forces in the European Theater, Sergeant Galen K. McGinnis, 1004 Third Avenue, is receiving temporary treatment at Stark General Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, before being transferred to another Army hospital for definite treatment. 

A graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School in 1943, he holds the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon.