|When AVG contract expired on 4 July 1942, I was recruited back into the Army Air Corps as a 1st Lt. Note: Not much paperwork involved since I was given oath of office (sworn in) over the radio.
In August 1942, moved to Kweilin, China, until December 1942 and then returned to the USA for pilot training.
Four ex-AVG (Rodewald, Sykes, Roberts, and Richardson) returned to west coast pilot training. We were extremely lucky in that we were able to take training in “officer” status. Saturdays and Sundays were free time and we did not have to take military training required for aviation “cadets.” Bill Sykes was killed in advanced training. After graduation, Rodewald and Richardson were requested by name to report to Tex Hill at the Air Proving Ground Test Facility at Eglin Field, Florida, (Tex was the group commander). In the first 6 months out of pilot training, we enjoyed flying almost every type aircraft in the Air Corps inventory including some experimental aircraft.
Note: Air Proving Ground Test Facility was the best flying assignment ever.
Note: Carson Roberts killed while flying air drop mission on Allied invasion of Southern France.
Note: Approximately 13 AVG ground crew members entered pilot training after return to the USA. Some Navy, some Army Air Corps.
Flying Hours: 8,000 +/- Combat Hours: 200 +/-