"Awarded Lieutenant Commissions and Wings", Newspaper Clipping, c1943.
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THE KALAMAZOO GAZETTE TODAY'S NEWS IN MIC Awarded Lieutenant Commissions and Wings [6 pictures of soldiers] Above are six young men from Southwestern Michigan towns graduated as second lieutenants [covered by other piece] Flying Training Schools: Top row, left to right, William R. Brad [cuts off and is covered] Harrington, Cressey; William H. McGrew, Decatur, Route 1; bottom [covered by other piece] er, Plainwell; Robert D. Smith, Schoolcraft; Dorest J. Goff, Three [covered?] Six from Southwestern Towns Graduated.
HEADQUARTERS, ARMY AIR FORCES CENTRAL FLYING TRAINING COMMAND, RANDOLPH FIELD, Tex.-A force of more than 1,000 husky young Midwesterners-comparable in numbers to the huge bombing fleets which have virtually obliterated Berlin-became combat pilots in eleven simultaneous AAF Training Command advanced flying school graduation ceremonies here. All have been comissioned second lieutenants. Men from every American state received pilot's wings in the record-breaking Central Flying Training Command graduation. There were 125 pilots from Michigan. The record graduation ceremonies were held for fighter pilots at Eagle Pass, at Aloe and Foster fields in Victoria, and at Moore Field at Mission, all in Texas. Bombers pilots were graduated at Frederick and Altus in Oklahoma, at the Texas army air fields at Lubbock and Pampa, at Ellington Field of Houston, Brooks at San Antonio, and Blackland at Waco. Among the new pilots are a number from Southwestern Michigan. They include: William R. Bradstreet, R. I., Climax, (Frederick Field). Dwight Harrington, Cressey, (Altus). William H. McGrew, R. I., Decatur, (Eagle Pass). David J. Miller, Plainwell, (Altus). Robert D. Smith, Schoolcraft, (Frederick). Dorset J. Goff, Three Rivers, (Foster).