I especially enjoyed the picture of Air Cadet Willis Jones.
By the way do you have any idea which aircraft Bevers and Jones trained in during Cadets? My dad's first trainer was the Ryan PT-22(Primary Trainer),Vultee BT-15(Basic Trainer),the Cessna AT-17 (Advanced Trainer) and finally the famous Link Trainer before flying B-17's.
After my dad's combat service for a short while in the states back in 1945 he headed a school of 400 in the USAAF as a certified 4 engine instructor and as an instructor on those trainers too.Yes it would be nice to know Bevers and Jones trainer aircraft just out of curiosity.It must have been pretty tough being a POW in a Stalag for them.I am glad my dad never experienced that.
Jonesy called me over the holidays and I had a chance to ask about the trainers. He said PT 18, BT 15 and AT 17. I could have misunderstood about the PT 18. That does not jive with the Ryan PT 22 that your dad trained on. Bevers was in the class ahead of Jones and probably trained on the same A/C as Willis. According to Jonesy Bevers got assigned as pilot and he as co-pilot due to Bevers graduating ahead of him.
I am familier with the Stearman as a trainer and know very little about the various types. Wasn't it policy to contract civilian flying schools for initial flight training? Probably a lot of pilots started out in Piper Cubs and Taylor Craft. I believe it took almost nine months to train an American pilot. Toward the end of the war because of attrition, German and Japanese pilots were blown out of the sky due to shortened training cycles.
Do you have any info on types of trainers or a link with photos? I would like to know more now that you brought it up. Jonesy is going to call again soon. I'll make a list of questions to ask him and if anyone would like to ask him something I will pass it on. Bevers will soon be going to Arizona for the winter and will be stopping off to visit Willis. They are both still in good health and keep in contact with one another.
I asked Jonsey about his meeting with the POW. He went to the guys house and had a good visit and chat. I'm sure it ran deep. He also said he is still trying to contact the family of the R/O Fleming. Any more info I will pass it on.