|Eugene C. (Gene) Miller|
|Receive Silver Wings, Commissions in Army Air Corps|
|LT. EUGENE MILLER
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.
Additional information contributed by Gene Miller
Military Chronology Summarized
| The flight line at Coleman, Texas where
I did my primary flight school in the Army Air Force back in 1943.
|The flight line with all the PT-19's lined up in rows. Boy, how I'd like to have an airport full of them these days and all are not in the picture. Ho.|
Written to my wife Arline on
Valentine's Day Anniversary
Valentine's Day was lucky for me,
We stood in the preacher's living room,
For we knew not then our fate,
Time passed quickly;
|I graduated from Fairchild High School with the class of 1940. I loved that old little town so much I wrote a book about it just after I retired. If you're curious, it is in the Library at Eau Claire. It is Fairchild—When You and I Were Young.|
UMC’s 29th Annual Ag-Arama to Honor Gene Miller