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Officer on Bombardment and Fighter aircraft. Was Chief of Fighter Branch July 1944 to end of war.  Special duty in Mediterranean Theater from 1 January 1945 to May 1945 to introduce F-80 to Combat Theaters. Conducted many demonstrations and test missions in the Northern Italy area with 2 YF-80s assigned.  In August 1945 assigned as Graduate Student to Stanford University.  Received MA in Engineering Administration from that institution in June 1946.  Returned to Wright Field and assigned to Engineering Division as Deputy Chief of Guided Missiles Section.  Became Chief of Guided Missiles Section in June 1948. Assigned to Air War College in August 1949.  On 19 April 1940 married Helen LeBrum House. One daughter, Susan, (age 6) and expecting one more (boy?) in August of this year.


"Nick" was born 29 December 1906 in San Antonio, but calls Port Lavaca, Texas, his home. From Texas A&M College in 1929, he went directly through Brooks and Kelly Fields in Pursuit, graduating in June 1930. He spent 7 months with the 3rd Attack Gp. and 9 mos. with the 20th Pursuit,reverting to inactive status in October 1931.  Returning to active duty in March 1936, he served successively with the 20th Pursuit, 7th Bomb, 5th Air Base and 39th AB Gps. His first war year was spent in 
A-3 Div., Hq, AAF. Restricted to Continental U.S. and removed from command of newly formed 461st Bomb Gp. in 1943 due to pneumonia and spontaneous pneumo-thorax, he successively commanded Wendover Field and Pueblo Air Base, engaged in B-17 and B-24 training. Restored to General Duty in 1946, he spent 30 months in the Philippines, first at 4th Air Depot, Nichols Field, and later at Clark Field, as A-4, 13th AF. On return to ZI, he served at Pope Field, first as AB Gp. CO and later as Base CO, from which assignment he entered AWC in August 1949. From AWC he goes to the 93rd Bomb Wing, SAC, under proposed assignment as M&S Group CO. He likes hunting and fishing, and lately the golf bug has nipped him. His wife, Toleda (Skippy), is from Victoria, Texas. Their son is David, (age 12).


"Chick" or "Ed", as he is known to many, was born in Oil City, Pa. on September 21, 1912. He attended University School (Prep.), Cleveland, Ohio, and Leigh Univ., graduating in 1935 as an Industrial Engineer, with a commission in the Ordnance Reserve. After a year as a flying cadet, he received his wings at Kelly Field in 1937. After a short tour with the 3rd Attack Gp. at Barksdale, he was drafted as an instructor at Randolph and later in the Pursuit Section at Kelly. In 1942, he commanded the 66th Training Sq. at Brooks, then moved to Lubbock, Tex., as Dir. of Training of an advanced glider school. After a short tour of ferrying P-38s to Africa in the spring of 1943, he reported to San Francisco as Exec. of the San Francisco Air Defense Wing. In July 1943, he became cmdr. of the 357th (P-51s) Fighter Gp.



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