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A pair of photos from the National Guardsman magazines of 1956 with one Captain Norma Parsons. Parsons, a CBI vet, was apparently the first woman officer in the Air National Guard from any state.

 

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And this online period find of her, haven't found an OBIT of her, even using her apparent married name, Erb, could she still be around!!

 

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Wondering what type field uniforms my Dad wore in the Korean War as a medic in 1952? I have a few pics of him but I'm unable to tell what type OD's he is wearing...

He probably wore your standard Army HBT fatiques and Field Jacket and or Parka, either the M43 or M47 Herringbone Twills, sometime they even wore Army HBT overalls.

 

 

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Here's two Airman at Naha Okinawa Air Base just before shipping out to Korea in late June 1950,

 

And this page on a Airman who fought in the Trenches in 52-53 as a Forward Observer, probably an, Assistant F/O.

 

https://donmooreswartales.com/2010/12/17/tim-bryant/

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These appear to be gold cut-out collar discs and hat device with the new Air Force chevrons and a combat patch on the right sleeve. The combat patch looks like either IX Corps or 106th Infantry Division to me. Plus he's wearing an unidentified SSI on the left sleeve. It also looks like he has a few knots on his Good Conduct ribbon.

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Nicely patched up fatique shirt on a Tech Sgt of an unknown unit, numbered 526 (any ideas on unit you Flyboys?) foto from the late 60's lets say.

526th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

 

I was thinking more 1970's, but close examination shows what appears to be a green-colored F-102 patch on his shoulder. Somewhat odd, because the colors of the 526th were usually red, black, or both. Perhaps the maintenance guys wore green(?) Also, the squadron patch above his name, though blurry, looks to be the Interceptor version and not the later Tactical Fighter. The 526th flew the 102 until 1968.

Great photo!

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Found this:

"......The first aircraft crash at the base occurred early Saturday, November 28, 1953. The Beechcraft AT-11 (C-45) twin engine monoplane bound for Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, was piloted by Captain Francis N. Satterlee, Public Information Officer for the base. Satterlee was seriously injured receiving a broken left leg below the knee, cuts and contusions. The three passengers received minor injuries. The aircraft crashed approximately 75 yards off the runway after going out of control following liftoff. It was Satterlee's first crash. He was a veteran RCAF and USAF pilot with combat experience in Korea........"

So his other wings are Canadian, not actually British, which I thought on first looking at pic.

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No other info so far on him other than the caption.

 

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Found this:
"......The first aircraft crash at the base occurred early Saturday, November 28, 1953. The Beechcraft AT-11 (C-45) twin engine monoplane bound for Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, was piloted by Captain Francis N. Satterlee, Public Information Officer for the base. Satterlee was seriously injured receiving a broken left leg below the knee, cuts and contusions. The three passengers received minor injuries. The aircraft crashed approximately 75 yards off the runway after going out of control following liftoff. It was Satterlee's first crash. He was a veteran RCAF and USAF pilot with combat experience in Korea........"
So his other wings are Canadian, not actually British, which I thought on first looking at pic.
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A pair of photos from the National Guardsman magazines of 1956 with one Captain Norma Parsons. Parsons, a CBI vet, was apparently the first woman officer in the Air National Guard from any state.

 

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And this online period find of her, haven't found an OBIT of her, even using her apparent married name, Erb, could she still be around!!

 

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Unfortunately, Ms. Norma Parsons Erb passed away on 18 Oct, 1991 age 76. She was born on 9 Oct, 1915. She is buried in Calverton National Cemetery Section 5 Site 4961, Calverton, New York.

 

Fortunately, before she passed away she was interviewed and her recollections of service were recorded in an oral history record currently available at the Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. The link to her interview record is at the following website; I'm including the abstract of the interview record which provides a summary of her life.

 

http://airforcehistoryindex.org/display.php?irisnum=1105664

 

IRISNUM= 01105664

CLASS= UNCLASSIFIED

BEG_DATE= 01-01-1943

END_DATE= 12-12-1968

MAIN= ERB, NORMA PARSONS

RECTYPE= ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW

CALL= K239.0512-2030 C. 1

REEL= 44393

FRAME= 783

FRAMELST= 838

INDEXID= 48

REL_DATE= 11-22-1995

ABSTRACT= COL NORMA PARSONS ERB WAS BORN IN CARIBOU, ME; EARNED A NURSING DEGREE FROM CARY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1936; ENTERED UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES IN 1941; SERVED AS A FLIGHT NURSE DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR; SHE SERVED IN NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD (NYANG) IN 1955.

 

INTEVIEW DISCUSSES NURSES TRAINING; ARMY TRAINING; ATTENDED FLIGHT SCHOOL WITH FIRST ASSIGNMENT IN ITALY. PARTICIPATED IN AIR EVACUATION OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, FRANCE, AND CHINA-BURMA THEATER; FLEW IN C-46 AND C-47 AIRCRAFT. MET ARCHBISHOP SPELLMAN. CLARIFIED ISSUE OF RANK FOR NURSES IN WORLD WAR II. DESIGNED MEDICAL KIT FOR FLIGHT NURSES. NURSES ALLOWED TO WEAR SLACKS ON DUTY IN INDIA. ACQUIRED IRONING BOARD FROM MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL. MET LILY PONDS IN IRAQ. SAW PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AND PRIME MINISTER WINSTON CHURCHILL IN CASABLANCA. LEFT ARMY AIR CORPS AFTER WORLD WAR II ENDED TO CARE FOR GRANDMOTHER.

 

REJOINED ACTIVE SERVICE WITH OUTBREAK OF KOREAN WAR. SERVED WITH 801 AIR EVACUATION SQUADRON; FLEW IN C-54 AND C-119 AIRCRAFT DURING KOREAN WAR. AIR EVACUATION OF POLIO PATIENT. LEFT ACTIVE DUTY; SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NURSES AT BAYSIDE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK. BECAME FIRST FEMALE IN THE NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD. SERVED AS CHIEF NURSE OF 106 AIR TRANSPORT MEDICAL GROUP. STATUS OF NURSES IN 1990S; VISIT TO TAJ MAHAL; COL SLATTERY AS MENTOR.

 

ADMIN= OHIST1

TITLE_AE= UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MEDICAL SERVICE ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM

DNOTES= TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW OF COL NORMA PARSONS ERB. INTERVIEW

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Thought these would be a nice addition to the topic, (these from member louie's Rag House Pick Ups).

 

A double patched Trans IKE, since it's Trans would believe the 15th AF is the combat patch.

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Two diffeent AF Blue coats, the ETO patch worn in the manner of the AF as a combat patch, or in this case a Former Wartime Service patch, maybe the 1st AF too, though it could very well be a organizational patch, as the 1st AF as we know didn't not fight overseas, weird way of wearing these eh.

 

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Question: Does the WAF 1967 white top female officer’s cap have the same size eagle as the male visor cap? I don’t think so but I wanted to ask. In addition...is the female WAF eagle a clutch-back type? Thanks

The female officers cap device is smaller then the male version worn on their visor cap, The female type were held in place by two clutchback fasteners.

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