Wwii Letter - 2nd Enlistment B-24's - Ploesti Raid - Army Lt. Norman Whalen
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Wwii Letter - 2nd Enlistment B-24's - Ploesti Raid - Army Lt. Norman Whalen:
WWII Letter - 2nd Enlistment B-24's - Ploesti Raid - Army Lt. Norman Whalen
Dated: August 3, 1944
From: Lt. Norman Matthew Whalenaka "The Baron"
To: Joseph A. Whalen (brother) aka Art
Norman was the Navigator on "Hail Columbia" flying with John "Killer" Kane in the Ploesti Oil Field Raid on August 1, 1943
Letter Content: Discussion of Desire to "Go Over Again"
Includes: 1 original letter and 1 original envelope (photographs are not included)
Condition: VGVintage Condition - Letter is very legible
***** are not included *****
The following information is from Find a Grave.com:
Following one year of college, Norman joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. Upon graduating from Navigator School in Monroe, Louisiana, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Norman was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa where he participated in numerous combat missions including Operation Tidal Wave, a low level B-24 bombing raid over Axis power oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania.
Norman was the Navigator on "Hail Columbia" flying withJohn "Killer" Kane in the Ploesti Raid
After Norman's 36th mission, he was assigned to Mountain Home Air Field, Idaho, where he trained cadets in flight navigation until September, 1944.
Because he felt compelled to return to his comrades still fighting in Europe, he requested reassignment to the 98th Bomb Group now operating from a captured airfield in Lecce, Italy.
Norman's request was approved and he flew an additional 39 bombing raids with his original unit. For his heroism in combat, Norman was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, and eleven Air Medals. Major Norman Whalen was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1946.
Norman entered seminary in Baltimore, Maryland where, in 1954, he was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Whalen faithfully served the Catholic Church in the Arizona towns of Tucson, Tombstone, Patagonia and Benson.
While working as a historian for the Diocese of Tucson in 1960, Father Whalen was instrumental in leading the preservation of the Calabazas Mission, constructed in 1756 and added to the Tumacacori National Historic Park in 1990.
Father Whalen dedicated the last half of his life to research and teaching. By mid-1960, he had earned his Master of Arts degrees in History and Anthropology. In 1971, Father Whalen completed his PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Arizona. In that same year, he accepted a professorship with Texas State University (TSU) in San Marcos, Texas. For the next three decades, Dr. Norman Whalen devoted himself to teaching about ancient cultures of the American Southwest, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
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