Paul Proulx - World War II Veteran
Sep 23, 2014 06:01PM
● By Ryan Frisch
AT-20 Trainer Aircraft Cadet - Paul E. Proulx
Paul's Training & Missions
- Training Class - 4 (12-12-42)
- Training Class - 4 Terminated (3-15-43)
- Assigned to Ariel Gunnery Combat School, Chanute Field, IL (2-20-43)
- Graduated and assigned to the Heavy Bomb Group United States Airforce (6-20-43)
- Ramsbury England (6-26-43)
- Participated in 18 Heavy Bomb Missions and 37 Low Altitude Bomb Missions before the war ended in Europe in April/May 1945 when he was redeployed to Marfa, TX for re-training on the B-29 Bomber.
- Training was completed 1 week prior to the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Japan thus ending the war in the Pacific in August 1945 when his order to fly to the Pacific were cancelled.
- Discharged on September 25, 1945
Gliders in World War II
The book Forgotten Wings by French author Philippe Esvelin outlines the Allies’ use of gliders during the war. Paul Proulx, who was interviewed for our article, was also interviewed for the book and has met the author.
Besides giving detailed accounts of the American glider manufacturing and training programs, the book covers the six glider missions of the Normandy invasion. As one Amazon reviewer writes, “The assorted photos are not just of gliders, but all aspects of what was taking place during the invasion. Included are photos of artifacts saved by the veterans, ‘then’ and ‘now’ photos of buildings and landing fields, and invasion documents.”
An intriguing aspect of the book features stories about downed or lost pilots in France during the war. Many details are given, including dates, French citizens’ names, towns and villages, and how many days the pilots were fed and hidden by these people, even describing what they ate and drank, and conversations they had. Under cover of darkness, the pilots were escorted from village to village in secret, finally making their way to the French coast. British submarines, which had been radioed, met them to pick them up and return them to England.Book author Philippe Esvelin’s father was an important figure in the French Underground, and Philippe interviewed many French citizens and veterans for this fascinating book, which is available at Amazon.com.
Video of Madellin Sherrill, Paul’s nurse courtesy of KTBS-TV, Shreveport, LAKTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports