1944 — Corsica
Robert S Crouse was born 14 June, 1924. . . in Gibson County, Tennessee.
14 June of every year is "FLAG DAY" and Bob was born to be Patriotic ! His Enlistment Recorts show he was accepted into the Army on 3 April, 1943 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Now, as per the CORRECT order :)
Induction and classification - Ft. Oglethorpe, GA Basic training - Miami Beach (life was tough in those days) CTD (college training) - Beloit College, Beloit, WI Classification and Pre-flight - Santa Ana, CA Primary Flight training - Claiborne Flight Academy, Wickenburg, AZ Basic Flight training - Minter Field, Bakersfield, CA Advanced Flight training - Mather Field, Sacramento, CA Overseas (Transition) training - Greenville Army Air Base, Greenville, SC The Over-seas Transition Training was a "Crash Course" at Greenville, SC in the B-25's just prior to going over-seas. (Pun intneded ;) This was the 334thBG "Aid From Above" Auxillum Ab Alto ! And they were going to need it ! Flying into the Brenner Pass on any day was no picnic and that "Aid From Above" would see them home on a Wing and a Prayer many-a-day. Most of the current generation are completely unaware that our Boys, for the most part....never climbed into a B-25 until just before they flew over ! Many also never flew in one, much less pilot her until they arrived "over-there ! They were mostly trained in B-26's, the B-25's being built were needed imm. in the Theatre, where-ever that was ! At the 334thBG, Greenville, Bob was assigned to the 310th BG that was on Corsica, however upon arrival he would then have been assigned to the squadron that needed a new pilot the most. New-bee's were buddied up with "seasoned" Combat Pilots, oddly, that could have applied to a guy who had as few as "several" Missions...... the new buddy would then learn about Combat as he flew straight into it !
334thBG, Greenville, NC - B 25's "Auxillium Ab Alto" "AID FROM ABOVE"
Many made Friends for life, but as we all too well know, many of them did not come home. All War is Hell, but the necessity of it to save the World can fire up men from every walk of life, and that includes the little-guy in the back who keeps an eye on the newest puppy while peeling potatoes and praying for ALL ships to return each and every Mission. -B
(More to come - Barbi Ennis Connolly)