Bob was serving an apprenticeship in a machine shop in Ohio when he signed up as an Aviation Machinists Mate for the Navy. Little did he know that an AMM in the Navy was an aircraft mechanic! He trained in PBYs and was assigned to VP-61 on Attu and Amchitka and then went on to the South Pacific. With VP-61 Bob flew dozens of missions to the Kurile Islands and lived to tell about them. A PBY he flew in the Aleutians is now at the Palm Desert Air Museum – still a functional, flying aircraft, with Bob’s name penciled in the tower.
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