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 Ted S. Faulkner - 1913 to November 5th 1944 Minimize

From the Group and Squadron histories:

"Col. Ted Faulkner, Deputy Group Commander, became our Commander … reserved, taciturn Col. Faulkner had held his previous position since October 1943. Preceding this assignment he had served overseas in Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, Australia and New Guinea. This tall, broad shouldered man, having previous combat experience, already had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart and the Defense Ribbon with Star. Crisp, dark hair and sharp, blue eyes, and a determined jaw gave the Colonel a purposeful appearance. As an active hobby on Form 66-2 he had listed “poker”. So we knew this man, our new Leader, must have a good sense of humor."

 Ted S. Faulkner - 2 November 1944 Minimize

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Jan 1936 – cadet Randolph Field, Universal City, Texas
Feb 1936 – assigned to Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas
April 1942 – Australia – missions to New Britain/New Guinea
October 1942 – married to Fern Trentham, Dalhart Army Air Base, Dalhart, Texas
January 1943 – 19th Bomb Group – Flying Cross, Purple Heart      
August 1943 – Group Commanding Officer, Dalhart Army Air Base
August 3 1944 to November 5th 1944 – Group Commanding Officer, 468th Bomb Group
September 1944 – wins coveted Billy Mitchell Flag
November 5 1944 – declared missing in action after a bombing mission to Singapore
September 1945 – awarded Legion of Merit

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