CIVILIAN PILOT TRAINING PROGRAM
WEST TEXAS WWII MUSEUMS
3rd Annual Meeting
Place: WASP Museum, Sweetwater, TX
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact John McCullough at 806-793-4448 or by email at email@example.com for more details.
BREEDLOVE AIRPORT: Marking the historic airport site with a Texas Historical Marker
Place: 2236 E 50th Street, Lubbock, TX
Date: Tentatively set for October, 2012
Contact John McCullough at 806-793-4448 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Invitations will be mailed to a very large group of people but the event will be open to the public. The invitations will be printed by Copy Craft Printers of Lubbock.
TAHFI Membership Luncheon and Presentation
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch buffet starts; Introductions by Marie Evans and presentations by Larry Goldston and John McCullough start at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Place: Hillcrest Country Club
Cost: $20 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit TAHFI.
Reservations: Call Dr. Audrey McCool at
806-698-6956. Please make your reservations by Friday, August 3.
Larry Goldston will discuss the history of TAHFI and their key role in bringing Silent Wings Museum from Terrell, TX to Lubbock, TX in 2002.
John McCullough will then give a 30-minute presentation entitled POLITICS BEHIND THE AIR POWER IN WWII-ERA LUBBOCK. It will reveal details about how Mr. A. B. Davis and Congressman George Mahon politicked to bring Lubbock Army Air Field (later Reese AFB) and South Plains Army Air Field (the largest advanced glider school in WWII) to Lubbock.
WEST TEXAS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEETING 2011
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERISTY
The WTHA will hold its annual meeting for 2011 at LCU on these dates:
Thursday, March 31 through
Saturday, April 2
Admission is $10 per day per person. The WTHA accepts both personal checks and cash. Please contact John McCullough or Dr. Tai Kreidler for more details.
John W. McCullough
West Texas Historical Association
Dr. Tai Kreidler
Texas Tech Southwest Collections
Ft Sumner, NM
FSAAF Advanced Glider Base / Twin-Engine Training Base, German and Italian POW Internment Camp
Friday, December 31, 2010 through
Sunday, January 2, 2011
This was my second trip to Ft. Sumner, NM for research on their glider base from WWII. Fort Sumner Army Air Field (FSAAF) was an advanced glider base where cadets earned their "G-wings". The glider training at this site existed from around August, 1942 to April, 1943. After that time, all glider pilots were transferred to Lubbock, TX to South Plains Army Air Field (SPAAF).
FSAAF then trained cadet pilots to fly twin-engine trainers. This training lasted until the end of the war. FSAAF also served as an internment camp for German and Italian POW's.
I had a successful second research trip to Ft. Sumner. Thanks to Ron Sena of the city adminstration for opening the gates to the municipal airport where FSAAF was located. Also many thanks to David Bailey and Ron Gauna for their lengthy discussions with me regarding my plans for helping Ft. Sumner to open a WWII museum at the municipal airport to commemorate the work done by everyone at FSAAF during the war.
Also many thanks to Bob Parsons and his daughter Diane for allowing me to travel to Roswell again to visit with Bob and interview him again about his time during the war. Parsons served in the US Marine Corps, 4th Division, on the island of Iwo Jima where he was wounded. Parson later taught history at Ft. Sumner High School. He is retired now and living in Roswell.
Breedlove Lamesa Liason Pilot School
Lamesa Glider School
Saturday, December 19, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Clent Breedlove ran a Liason Pilot School in Lamesa, TX for about 1 year in 1944. TTU Southwest Collections has some photos of the Liason Pilot School in the Breedlove Collection, Box 2 of 3. I will take copies of these photos to Lamesa with me and search with Wayne and Bob Smith for those buildings. While there, the Smith brothers will take me to the Glider School that was located in Lamesa during the war.
Update: this first trip to the Dal Paso Museum in Lamesa and Lamesa Army Air Base (LMAAB) was a great success. I met Wayne and Bob Smith who gave me a great interview. Then we went to LMAAF with Joe and Nolan Cope and took a nice walking tour of the base.
On Saturday, January 16, 2010, I returned to LMAAB with Joe Hays of Winged Commandos. We met and interviewed L. H. Maggard of Plainview, Doug Flynn of Snyder (Joe and I both knew Doug), and Pete Harris of Brownfield. All these men had a connection to LMAAB. The Smith brothers and Joe Cope also were there. Mr. Maggard's son-in-law Clar Schacht of Lockney and his son (Maggard's grandson) drove down Maggard down for the event.
Fort Sumner, NM USAAF Advanced Glider Base
Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 -- Saturday, Jan 2, 2010
The USAAF ran an Advanced Glider Base at Fort Sumner, New Mexico during WWII. I will be in Fort Sumner on these days to look at archived DeBaca County Newspapers at the County Clerks office on Thursday. Then on Friday, Jan 1, 2010, I will drive to Roswell, NM to interview Bob Parsons who is a retired high school teacher from Fort Sumner. Bob was 16 years old in 1942 and has many stories of the glider base and some drawings. Last, on Saturday, Jan 2, 2010, I will be at the DeBaca County Library in Fort Sumner to look at a box of archived papers and photos Mary Ann West submitted to the library some years ago. I will write an aritcle on this material and interview combined with information from Silent Wings Museum. The article will be submitted to the DeBaca County Newspaper for publication, the Silent Wings Museum newsletter, and Winged Commandos website. The significance of the glider program to Clent Breedlove is that Breedlove ran a pre-glider school in Plainview, TX for 1 year in 1943. Cadets from this school most likely were fed to SPAAF (an Advanced Glider Base), Ft. Sumner, and possibly Dalhart AAF (another Advanced Glider Base). Once more details are gleaned from these other bases, then more details about Breedlove's pre-glider school in Plainview, TX may be learned.
Update: this was a great research trip and I will be back in Ft. Sumner in July, 2010. Thanks to everyone for making this so successful.
Normandy, France and London, England
This will be my 6th D-Day in Normandy, France.
Last year at D-Day 65, I delivered 6 gift bags from Silent Wings Museum (and several other West Texas WWII museums) to the great museums of Normandy and London. I want to create strong bonds between the many fine WWII museums of West Texas and the museums of Normandy, France and London.
I will deliver 7 more gift bags for D-Day 66. This will be my last D-Day in Normandy for a while. I will be traveling to Germany in 2011 and 2012 for research on the CPTP there and to study the Germany language. Since Breedlove ran a pre-glider school in Plainview, his training was directly connected to the D-Day glider operations. WACO CG-4A gliders brought troops of the 101st Airborne and 82nd Airborne into Normandy on the night of June 5/6, 1944. About 85% of all American Glider Pilots (GPs) earned the G-Wings from SPAAF.
Below is a photograph of me, John McCullough, at Pegasus Bridge Museum in Normandy, France on June 6, 2008, D-Day 64.
Mark Worthington and staff at Pegasus Bridge Museum (Memorial Pegasus) are good friends and I hope they come to West Texas soon to see our 6 great WWII museums here as well as Texas Tech University.
Photo taken by Lt. Col. (retired) Jean-Claude Mathevet of the French Air Force.
Note: I have now made seven trips to Normandy for D-Day: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Breedlove CPTP / Pre-Flights reunion dinner
Saturday, September 11, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Merket Alumni Center, Texas Tech University
The last reunion dinner for Breedlove's CPTP pilot instructors was held by Clent Breedlove's daughter, Mary Louise Breedlove Kingsbery, at The Koko Inn at 50th & Ave Q in Lubbock, TX in 1993.
This reunion dinner scheduled for September 11, 2010 will be in honor of all the following persons:
o CPTP / Pre-Flight instructors
o CPTP / Pre-Flight cadets
o Breedlove Airport and Dagley Field employees
o Relatives of Clent Breedlove and the Kingsbery family
This reunion dinner will be held at Texas Tech Merket Alumni Center. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Presentation and speakers from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The centerpiece of the reception will be the scale model recreations of Breedlove Airport and Dagley Field as realized by Mr. Aaron Shenefelt of Texas Tech graduate architecture school. Dr. Elizabeth Louden suggested Mr. Shenefelt to me.
If you are interested in attending the reunion dinner, please notify John McCullough at 806-793-4448 or email
UPDATE: The BREEDLOVE CPTP REUNION DINNER was a very big success. The reception displaying the scale models of Breedlove Airport and Dagley Field went very well. The dinner was wonderful and my presentation received numerous compliments.
Two websites I displayed during my presentation are below. The first shows the Normandie Pass website which links together the approximately 35 D-Day museums in Normandy. The second website if from Kevin Baverstock of England (UK). I met Kevin at La Percee Du Bocage Musee in St. Martin Des Besaces at D-Day 66 in June, 2010. Kevin surprised me very much when he emailed me this link in August showing a website version of my idea about linking together our 6 WWII museums in West Texas the same way they link together their museums in Normandy, France. Please enjoy his trial version website and email me your comments.
Kevin Baverstock's website:
West Texas WWII Association of Museums