Magazine article America in WWII

Ground Crews Kept the Flyboys Flying

Magazine article America in WWII

Ground Crews Kept the Flyboys Flying

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I am a World War II veteran who served in Africa and Italy (1943-1945) in a 12th Air Force command that was changed to the 15th Air Force. We landed in Casablanca in 1943, but at the port we were told that we were on the wrong order, and should have been in England....

After three weeks in Casablanca, they decided to have our squadron convoy supplies to Bizert. From Bizert we were stationed at El Aouina Air Base at Tunis, Tunisia. We had no supplies or equipment, so we set up our unit with enemy equipment and material from the English and French in Tunis.

Our planes were grounded in Africa because they didn't have enough batteries to start them. This was our first project. Our men were the finest in knowledge and in maintenance. We had men in our squadron who had operated a rebuilt battery shop in their home town. We sent out crews to all the salvage centers to pick up all discarded batteries. …

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