Whitesburg KY

Enlisted pilots

I went into the military at a young age. After basic training, I went to radio school at Scott Field, Ill. I was one of the youngest in my class.

I did duty as a crew chief and radio operator on a bomber. I made a couple of trips to Canada to the Dew Line where we were trying to keep the Russians out.

I was then sent to Langley Field, Va., for pilot training. It was something new that the Army Air Force was trying to see if it worked. There was very little talk about this group of men. We were called “enlisted pilots”.

A few of these “enlisted pilots” were flying near Germany to find targets for our fighters to be called on when found. When war began, “enlisted pilots” kind of faded out. We had other jobs in the Air Force.

I was called the “radio pilot”, who worked all over most of the world.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)

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