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22 Pennsylvanians Among Graduates Ready For Action Exact Number Completing Training Not Revealed; Men Anxious to "Get Into the Fighting" Randolph Field. Tex., Sept. 7. Twenty - two Pennsvl - vanians were among the Army flyers who today proudly wore their silver wings. They were members of the largest class of military pilots yet to graduate at seven advanced flying schools of the Gulf Coast Army Air rorces I raining Center, Graduates from Pennsylvania included: Lieut. Nelson M. Oman, Blooms burg (Brooks); Staff. Sgt. Roy M. Sheely, Jr., 3216 Trindle road, Camp Hill (Lubbock); Lieut. George L. Wenrich, Route 1, Leb anon (Lake Charles), and Lieut. Arthur R. Warnock, Jr., East Campus, State College (Foster) Assignments will follow soon. All hope to see combat action "We all want to get into the fighting as soon as we can," one graduate declared. The number of silver wings awarded yesterday was not revealed. Training Center officers pointed out significantly that "492 Texans are included in the class, the eighth to graduate since Pearl Harbor." Two identical twins, Lts. Ralph E. and James D. Tankersley of Terrell, Texas, delighted fellow cadets and confused flying instructors by looking, acting, and flying exactly alike. The men who finished the 30 - week course learned the ABC's of military aviation in three weeks of pre - flight instruction, and then flew nine weeks each at primary, basic and advanced schools. Single engine fighter pilots graduated at Foster Field, Texas, Moore Field, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., Army Flying School. Bomber pilots won their wings at Ellington Field, Kelly Field, Brooks Field, and Lubbock Army Flying School. All bomber pilot schools are in Texas. Following student pilot tradition, mothers, wives and sweet hearts of the pilots graduating were named "honorary members' of the class, and were mailed miniatures of the silver wings presented to the men. STAFF SGT. ROY M. SHEELY JR RAF Smashes Ruhr Plants (Continued From Page 1) down or damaged in a 20 - minute battle August 21. In yesterday s fighting, the heavily - armed Fortresses destroy ed five enemy fighters, probably destroyed 13 more and damaged another 25, a communique said. Victory Possible Competent air observers in Lon don, meanwhile, expressed the opinion that if the United States and Britain concentrated their aerial strength in this theater dur ing the next three months instead of dispersing it over scattered world fronts, they could insure an eventual Allied victory Conversely, they said, the war a to be is the

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 07 Sep 1942, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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