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John E. Drilling
2nd Lt.
John E. Drilling
O-706820
(1918 - 1967)
Bombardier
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POW - Stalag Luft III
Stalag VIIA
Life before the War
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Into the Army
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Training Record
Enlisted in Army Air Service (later called Army Air Corps) in Peoria, Illinois, July 1942.
Ordered to report for active duty in Chicago, Illinois, January 1943.
Assigned to Cadet Squadron 108 in San Antonio, February 1943.
Selected for pilot training, Gulf Coast Training Center, February 1943.
Pilot Pre-Flight School, San Antonio, Texas, April 1943.
Primary Flying School, Cuero, Texas, June 1943.
Basic Flying School, Waco, Texas, August 1943.
Laredo Gunnery School, Laredo, Texas, October 1943.
Advance Bombardier School, Midland Texas, November 1943.
Graduated as bombardier at March Field, Riverside, California and commissioned as Second Lieutenant, receives silver wings, December 1943.
First Phase Navigator School, Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, February 1944.
2nd & 3rd Phase Navigator School, Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, April 1944.
Service with the 492nd Bomb Group
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Service with the 446th Bomb Group
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Prisoner Of War
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After the war
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