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1941-Sikeston-Missouri Institute of Aeronautics
Posted by: L W (ID *****3985) Date: January 28, 2005 at 12:43:22
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I am seeking information regarding the Sikeston Missouri Institute of Aeronautics and an alleged 1941 aerial crash.

Archived copies of the Sikeston Harold offer the names of the personnel associated with the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics in 1941. The names follow:

The Sikeston Harold
Volume XXXXI Thursday, September 11, 1941 Number 37

A big day for the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics was last May 24 when with ceremony the airport was formally dedicated to the memory of Harvey Parks, brother of the Institute's president, Oliver L. Parks of St. Louis. Visiting officials were present, the cadet corps was on hand, and a plaque dedicating the airport as the Harvey Parks Airport was unveiled by Sikeston's May Queen, Miss Betty Jane Taylor.

A.B. Woodbury, vice-president and general manager, is in charge of the civilian side of the air school, with the Air Corps Training Detachment under the command of Capt. Ralph C. Rockwood.

Capt C. R. Root, who served as commander of the Detachment during most of its first year, was recently transferred to Uvalde, Texas, where he is in charge of a new air school being opened there.

Present personnel, civilian and Army, now located at the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics, is as follows:

Official and office: Oliver L. Parks, Alden B. Woodbury, John W. Bryan, Ben B Schade, Merlin Taylor, Dorothy McCain and Evelyn Poe.

Construction: William Ehlers, Jr and John W. Bell

Watchmen: Wallace H. Nelson, Fred Beal, Allen W. Marchbanks, George W. Sutton, George D. Harris and Willard G. Wheeler.

Ground School: James E. Christopher, Albert E. Klamm and Richard. E. Learning

Flight Department: William S. Murphy, Coen V. Sexton, W. Elwood Taylor, Ralph W. Deane, Harvey H Glass, Joe B. Bambert, William L. Walker, John F. Edwards, John F. Ahlfeld, A. Allen Libby, James H. Allen, William R. Sprague, James C. Sanders, David E. Droz, Guy E. Dixon, Raymond J. Leeward, Frank T. Dunn, Woodrow W. Wilson, William E. Allyn, Robert G. Petry, Williard H. Moose, Arthur R. Wiedinger, Hubert H. Steinmeyer, Alftred A. Brockland, Oscar C. Berge, James A. Hopkins, Lurlin R. Collins, James Smith, S. Claude Johnson, William F. Blair, Kenneth C. Clark, Phil P. Zampini, Earl B. Dahl, Romain J. Dunham, Robert Besuchamp, Carl R. Weber, Lowell C. Little, Ralph W. Palmer, John A. Treines, Louis M. Blairsell Jr., Julius J. Konrath, Robert L. Nelson, Daniel E. Getman, J. Beaty Hosteller, Hugh E. Fulk, Agustus C. Martyn, Edward B. Shine, William R. Falck, Harold H. Hunter, Clarence L Dowden, Arnold P. Sielaff, Titurston M. Plantinga, Allan S. Herrington, Robert W. Housworth, Lloyd L. Creswell and Carl E. Dichl Jr.

Line Service (Maintenance)-J. Bud Dunleavy, superintendent; Paul L. Rider, S. L. H. Ward, James P. Wallace, Horace E Yeaton, R. Eugene Smith Willard M Hanson, Ivan R. Koch, Raymond Jahn., Manuel L. Farris, Chares T. .Morgan, Paul Wolk, Eugene S. Proof, Frank Ambuck, John Tamul, Leonard Wilkens, Charles C. Hile, William E. Higon, Lewis D. Anderson, Donald M. Henricks, Herbert E. Ellinger, Chares T. Pyles, Frank H. Myers, Phillip H. May, James F. Watson, Victor Cromaz, Edwin Zak, Kenneth Griffith, Josehp M. Gover, Joe LeFeber, John W. Symns, Francis M. Cripe, Roger T. Seitz, Clarence E. Wilkinson, William C. Dudley, Sam B. Whetstone, Marion C. Johnson, billy M. Tinder, James H. Tucker, Cline E. Lacy, L.C. Tucker, Willie W. Tubbs, Rochel G. Grim, Floyd E. Grim, Cleo Grim, Paul A. Lassler, William E. May, John L. Baker, Cecil Grigsby, John Tubbs, Elwood Terreld, Frank E. Aldridge, Harold C. Swanagon, James E. Lacy, and Robert Boyanovsky.

Field Maintenance: William C. Sutton, field manager; Woodrow W. Horton, Miner Lee Cobb, Orville L. Ables, Otto L. Ables, Carl W, Bruenig, Otto E. Punick, Earin P. Aldridge, Otto E. Penick, Emma P. Aldridge, and Fox F. Collins Jr.

Luther M. Moore and Jenny Moore. Mrs. Walter Munter, Mary C. Burns, Mrs. Hart, Shyda Russell, Edward F. Huffman, Lowell Crisman, Carl C. Crafton, Charles F. Towery, Clarence F. Cox. R.G. Bowling, Thomas R. Taylor, and Clarence Perry.

Army Staff:
Personnel of the Army staff in charge of the Air Corps Training Detachment located at Harvey Parks Air Field and their civilian employees:

Captain Ralph C. Rockwood, Commanding officer: Lt Lewis Stocking, engineering officer: Major Charles Fogarty. Flight surgeon: Lt. Worthy C. Boden, assistant flight surgeon: Lt. J. Fred McClendon. adjutant Lt. Phil Huges, Lt. Robert Allen Shaw, Sgt. Calvin C. Maranville, Sgt. Harold Engllish, Sgt. Michael J. Rohaley, Sgt.Orren Nix, Sgt. Charles Cossairt and Privates Jenks, Robertson, Wheat and Stickel.

Civilians employed in the Army offices are Misses Katherine Boxers, Alfreda Denion, Vera Smith and Mrs. Camille Stone, Frankie Engram and C. J. Bert

New officers added to the Army staff of the Air Corps Training Detachment located at the Harvey Parks Airport here, as announced by the adjutant, Lt. J. Fred McClendon, are as follows: First Lieut. Thomas Gerald Pearse Jr. and First Lieut. Harold Otto Fichte, who come from Randolph Field, Texas and First Lieut. Phil Huges and Second Lieut Robert Allen Shaw who come to Sikeston from Kelly Field, Texas

The Sikeston Harold
Volume XXXXI May 8, 1941 Number 19

New Class At Air Institute
More Than Half of One Hundred New Cadets From Ohio

Twenty-two States are represented in the new class of Flying Cadets which began its course of instruction at the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics here Monday.

Ohioans predominate in the new class, more than half of the prospective pilots being residents of that state.

Other states represented are Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Michigan, Indian, Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Washington, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Virginia and Colorado.

The new Flying Cadets, and their home addresses, are as follows:

Flying cadets from Ohio are Franklin Morris Rizer, Syracuse; Albert Wilson Roby Jr., Gahanna; Edward Francis Roddy, J. Donald Scullian, Sanford Morris Simon, Arundel Ralph, Jack Richard Walsh, Cleveland; John Crawford Roth, Newton Falls; Thomas Lee Ruddy, Kemper William Merriam, Earl William Finley, Lakewood; Harrry Kay Bush, Clifford Morris Stocky, East Cleveland; Robert Anthony Saner, Ernest Jens Bahnsen, Fremont; Raymond Theodore Schlanser, Albert Geo Schmerge, Norwood; Clarence Arthur Schorr, Dayton; Edgar Ernest Snyder Jr., Van Wert; Robert Lane Steddom, Midletown; Harold Eurgene Stephens, Tiffin; William Elmer Taylor, Edward Frank Waller, Gustave Robert Rau, Ralph Pearson Thomas James Sears Lovett Jr., Wm Hentry Payne, Jr. Edward Harrison Calvert, Geogre Herbert Davis, Horace Chester craig, Columbus; Chares Seymour Upson, George Francis Schwartz, Eugene Walter O'Neill Jr., John Phillip Willett, Cincinnati; Eugene Thomas Tisonyai, Cashockton; Thurl Charles Van Kirk, Greenville; Richare George Varney, Chardon; James William Lauck, Findley; Paul Edmund Leas, Edward Peter Ognowski, vicent James Zimbardi, Akron; William Barclay Love, Granville; Arthur Joseph McCormick, Ballaire; Jay Houghton Maish Jr., Donald Loring Quigley, Donald Dean Renwick, Marion; John Joseph Musial, Stephen Poleschuk, Martin Raymond Wals Jr., Youngstown; Chester Thomas Namola, Warren; Amos Andrew Norman. Glenford; William Garland Norton, Wooster; Ralph Cecil Payne, Ironton; John Harness Porter, Thomas Scott Rankin, Springfied; Durward Ray Reed, Lackland; Edward Charles Buhrer, Sandusky; Richard E. Critchfield, Barberton; Ralph Donovan Davis, Wollston; Richard Thomson Delp, Canton; Donald Charles Dittler, Maderia; Willis Allan Jarvis, Zenid; Ralph Davis Wilson, Galena; Richard Maurice Wilson, Ravenna.

Only two Missouri youths, James Davis Webb of Kansas City and Frederick Timothy Allen of Columbia are included in the class. Allen is the cadet who was injured several months ago, when his plan crashed, and though officially transferred to the new class, is now at his home in Columbia recuperating.

Other States
"Closest home" of the new cadets is Paul P. Douglas Jr., of Paragould, Ark. Other cadets and their home addresses are as follows: John Douglas Bailey, Crosby, Minn.; Robert Nelson Beals, Owosso, Mich; Lyle Thomas Boley, Manhattan, Kans.; Otto Henry Brandau, Wilton, Wis.; Hoyle Miller Elvins, Dreson, Ia.; Vernon Ellifritz, Keyser, West Virginia; John Darwood Guthrie, Kittanning,Penn; John Dietrich Walker Haesler, Loup City, Neb.; Willaim Eldon Hanes, Goldendale, Wash.; Simon Nathaneil Harris, Bester Springs, W. Va. Ernest Darl Hartmant, Indianapolis, Ind.; Omar Wesler Headrick, Superior, Neb.; Leonard Lorenzo Hicks, Pachuta, Miss.; William Dwight Holford, Bartlesville, Okla.; Robert Joseph Jennings, Gate City, Va.; Martin Henry Johnson, Sublette, Kans.; Albert Adam Kurz, Gackle, N.D.; George Elden Sloan, Danville, Ill.; Wm. George Stainbrook, Franklin, Ind.; Eugene John Rybicki, Chicago, Ill.; Charles Franklin Riggle, Philadelphia, Penn.; Thomas Branch Withers, Greenville, Ky.; Raymond Vincent Wetzel, Gilman, Wis., Burdette Lawrence Wertmand, David City, Neb.; Paul Josehp Wata, Denver, Colo.

Eugene Carroll McCaffrey, Maquoketa, Ia.; Carl Fredrick Mcyer, Kearney, Neb.; Noel Elgin Moffett, Potsdam, N.Y.; John Pasuk, Slate Hill, N.Y.; Bernard Joseph Muloy, Detroit, Mich.; Roger Gale Nusbaum, Cass, Ind.; Harvey Stanton Pence, Paris Ky.; and Harlow N. Ream, Douglas, Ariz

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