B-17 Nine-O-Nine

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John E. "Jack" Voisin

John E. "Jack" Voisin

John E. “Jack” Voisin

Jack Voisin had wanted to fly since he was a youngster in Michigan. He entered the Army Air Forces in August 1943 shortly after turning eighteen. He underwent basic training at Basic Training Center #4 in Miami Beach, Florida. He was then assigned to the 39th College Training Detachment at Clinton, South Carolina for five months.

Starting in April 1944 he underwent preflight training which lasted six months at Santa Ana, California. He was assigned to be a navigator. He earned his flexible gunnery wings at Kingman, Arizona (November 1944) and his navigator wings at San Marcos, Texas, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (April 1945).

Jack was next assigned to the “bombigator” program, to become a combination bombardier and navigator. He earned his wings as a bombardier at Carlsbad, New Mexico (June 1945). As the war ended, he was stationed at Yuma, Arizona for training in radar bombardment. He was most likely being trained for assignment to a B-29 aircrew for the planned invasion of Japan.

Jack was discharged in November 1945 and served ten years as a navigator in the Officer’s Reserve Corps out of Selfridge Field near Detroit, Michigan.

Submitted by his son, Mike Voisin, November 9, 2006

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