Caterpillar Club Research
Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:43 PM
Is there a way I could research how and when this vet became a member of the Caterpillar Club, or this is a needle in a haystack?
Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:51 PM
Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:11 AM
When I was researching parachute riggers several years back I contacted the Switlik Parachute Company for some information. The owner wrote me back and indicated that they still had all of the original files with correspondence on their Caterpiller Club. As it happened former president George H. W. Bush used a Switlik parachute when he bailed out in WWII and they still had all of his application info on file.
Edited by ehrentitle, 17 July 2008 - 09:12 AM.
Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:36 AM
That's a nice group! It is a little hard for me to clearly see his name from the documents, but I believe it is Wallace Wickander. If so, Wickander flew with the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 384th Bomb Group. The following information is for one of his missions flown during the Battle of the Bulge. His aircraft for this mission was a B-17G aircraft number 43-38548.
Mission Date 27 December 1944
384th Mission Number 244
8th Air Force Mission Number 764
Primary Target Tactical
Position Crewmember Status
Pilot Gilmer, Charles E Completed, Uninjured
Copilot Edwards, Robert A Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Newmann, James H Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Wickander, Wallace H Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Sainsbury, Joseph A Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Allessi, Vincent (NMI) Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Anderson, Carl E Completed, Uninjured
Flexible Gunner Drew, John E Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Scarce, Jr, James Richard, Dick Completed, Uninjured
Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:27 PM
Thank you for the aviation link! I will email them and see if they can help me.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:16 PM
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