Joseph W. Connaughton, Biography
JOSEPH W. CONNAUGHTON (JOE), 1st Lieutenant
USAAC, S/N 0-760010, born Dec 10, 1923 in Evansville, IN. Volunteered for
Aviation Cadets May 1942 from home town Tuscaloosa, AL. Reported to Santa
Ana for classification Jan. 6, 1943. Commissioned bombardier at Roswell
Nov. 13, 1943. Assigned to crew and operational training as Bombardier/Navigator
in B-26 Marauder at Barksdale, LA, Nov. 23, 1943. Was replacement to 319th
Bomb Gp. (B-26s) in 12th Air Force on Sardinia May 1944.
Joe flew 47 missions. Thirty-three were flown in the B-26s, nine were flown
from Corsica in B-25s when the 319th was attached to the 57th Bomb Wing,
and five were from Okinawa in A-26s when the 319th joined 7th Air Force.
Memorable missions were Po River bridges, Brenner Pass, and Southern France
Invasion. Joe flew the group's last mission in the ETO on Dec.31, 1944,
"Piassola RR/BR, Italy," and the group's last mission in the Pacific on
Aug. 12, 1945, "Mining Settlement, Kyushu."
Decorations include three air medals, four battle stars, and the Croix
de Guerre avec Palme. After World War II he graduated from University of
Alabama with B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Joined National Gypsum Company
in research/development and quality control for seven years. After Sputnik,
worked for Army Missile Command for 27 years before retirement. Received
the Army's 1962 R&D Achievement Award
and Army Missile Command's 1980 Scientific and Engineering Achievement
Award. Currently with Stone Engineering Company consulting firm in Huntsville,
AL. Married Laura Houston, Mobile, AL May 8, 1954. Three children Julie,
Martha, and Jeff. Julie and Jeff graduates of the University of Alabama
and Jeff MBA University of Chicago, and LLB Stanford University. Martha
graduate of Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Al. Three grand children
and one great grand child.
Good idea - a little computer group get together.
Might help to have individual personal computer info disseminated
to the group (that's us) -- after each of us has sent you a little computer
resume (so to speak). My resume is included with my signature block below.Perhaps
we could get together for a few minutes after the business meeting on Sat.
morning - And yes - my wife and I plan to be in OK City - reservations
made and fees sent in.
GW 2000 4DX-33V, 1.28 GB + 250
MB, 16 MB RAM, DOS 6.22, Win 3.11,28,8
Eudora 3.0 Pro, Netscape
3.0, MS Explorer 2..5, McAfee VirusScan,
Nortons Utilities Ver. 8,
HP Laser IIP Plus w/ 2.5 MB, Got started
in this stuff in Jan 93 to enable collection/assembly of data for
History on me?!! Nothing worth hooting about,
got out at the end of the Pacific thing, served time in the reserves but
didn't get called up for Korea- don't know how I missed it! Finished college
and stayed in business for thirty four years and packed it in and moved
to Florida been here the last thirteen years. Like the rest of us I have
some health problems but can't complain and that's about it. See I told
PHOTO I was born July 21, 1919 in Fraser Colo.. Immediately after the birth,
Doc Albers ( the town Doctor) called my Father and three other Lumberjacks
back into the cabin where they resumed their stud poker game on the kitchen
table. My Mother had six other children in like circumstances but never
again in a log cabin. My Father later told me that Doc charged him $2.00
for the house call, but lost it back in the poker game. You might say that
I was born FREE.
I attended High School at St. Joseph's in Denver, Colo. We moved
to Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in 1936, where I met Faye "Scottie" Michael.
We were married on Valentines Day 55 years later.
In early 1941 the pool hall burned down leaving 7 of us Ole Boys
homeless. The Draft Board then drafted all of us on March 12,1941. I attended
many Tech Schools, and became an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps. I served
almost 5 years in the Air Corps and attained the rank of Private many times.
Served with the 319th. Bomb Group, was in North Africa, Italy, Sardinia,
After the war I became a General Contractor, also an Electrical
Contractor. Went to Edgemont, South Dakota in search of Uranium. My Partner
& I discovered well over $10,000,000 worth. This made me an immediate
millionaire. During this period I owned and flew several airplanes. This
amount of money seemed like a staggering amount to me, in fact it took
me almost two years to get rid of it.
It was time to move on so I went to work for Chemico Construction
co. out of NY City and spent the next nine years as an Electrical and Instrumentation
Supt.. Worked in the U.S., Canada and Saudi Arabia building Chemical Plants.
In 1972 I worked nine years for League City, Tex. as The Building
Official. Spent the next 13 years as Building Inspector for Galveston County,
Tex. Retired in 94 and now spend my time writing nasty letters to the editor
(mostly local politics) and doing this page, both of which I enjoy. Notes:
This is a bio that I wrote for the Lions Newsletter. It is too long, I
will trim it when some of you other cats get on here, Scottie above was
the gal whose picture set on my foot locker overseas. After Knowing "Red"
Jim Barker for 3 years in Edgemont we discovered that we were in the same
group, He was a Gunner in the 438th. and will be in OKLAHOMA also. Jim
also done quite well in the Uranium Bussiness.(maybe he kept some of his).
I had both knees replaced on the 24 April
this year. The right knee did quite well but some way or other a muscle
separated in the left leg. Surgery was done and then I had to wear a brace
for 6 weeks. the muscles in that leg are very weak and the knee is badly
swollen. I think it will take three or four more months for the knees to
recover where I won't have to use a cane. I can't walk but a short distance
at this time and can't stand long enough to shave without having
a lot of pain in my new joints. I won't be able to go to Oklahoma city
this year. One of these times I will make a
reunion if something else don't happen. Hope
this will keep the dayroom going.Mark
Seems like a fine idea and a short profile.I left the 319th at Sedrata
and went back to Telergma as an instructor for French and So.African pilots.The
French wanted to only party and the So. Africans wanted to learn to fly
so as to fight the Germans.Most of the French were ex-commercial pilots
with lots of flying time.The throttles on the French warplanes worked in
reverse to ours.At night these guys on take off would forget and as we
gained speed down the runway would unconsciously pull the throttles back.I
had a swagger stick that I used to slap their wrists.It
worked.Finished Air Force active duty as operations officer at both
Kansas City and later MEMPHIS in the Ferry Command of ATC.Went to law school
at Ann Arbor and eneterpractice in 1948 in Jacksonville,Il.Have lots of
good experiences as a general practioner.Started a new bank and was CO
until it went busted due to fraud on part of the CEO.He went to jail and
I went back
to law practice.Hope this gives you a small profile and I deserve
a password.TED R. 1st pilot of the BIG ASS BIRD
I quit TX A&M Dec 7 and since I was just past 18 took me almost
amonth to convince my folks to sign my enlistment papers. Enlisted Jan
10, 1942 and since I had had ROTC had my basic cut short and was with the
first Americans on the Queen Mary enroute to Australia out of Boston on
Feb 17, 1942. Assigned to the 19th Bomb Gp (H) in Townsville, Australia
I went to the 435th "Kangaroo: Sqdn, a recce unit and was given a long
and lengthy aerial gunner class of some 2 hours on the 50 cal machine gun.
Flew my first missions as a Waist Gunner and Lower Remote Turret Guner
on B-17D's and then we got some E's with Ball turrets and in I went. Also
got 5 missions in LB-30's, one of which was a recce and photo flight of
the beaches at Guadalcanal for infor for the invasion of said island. I
flew 48 missions with the 19th and came home with them
landing at Angel Island, CA on Dec 9, 1942..a full tour and had'nt
been in the service a year yet. Met the cadet board in Dallas on leave
and in was appointed to Class 44B, then Laughlin then Barksdale, Lake Charles
and Sardinaia for a few hours during the move and on to Corsica and the
439th and on to Okinawa. Don't know what I would have done if I had been
asked to go on a 4th tour. Got out, went to college, got married, had babies,
flew F-51's and B-26's in the TxANG and then to Korea with the 136th Ftr
Bmr Wg in F-84E's..and finished my Korean tour in the 35th Sqdn of the
8th as Maintenance Offiver since I had been through Chanute. Home and to
GA where another baby showed up and I got into F-94C's and then
to Edwards for Phase VI of the F-89D. Off to Luke then back to F-84's and
then Hickham where I was Chief of Quality Control and Flt Test for the
FEAF Base Command and go to fly almost everything that came through Hawaii
including B-66's and C=54's and H-13 helicopters. On to Clark AFB in F-86D's
and since I had
been busted up in a bad accident they sent me home and put me out
on a disability so I at last had to go to work and was on both the Titan
R&D and Atlas Programs with Gen Dynamics Astronautics and Aerojet General
but wanted to fly so I bought a helicopter and became a crop duster in
Paradise Valley, AZ. Shorten this up I think. Went broke. went to CA to
fly for the worlds largest Cotton Ranch, the J. G. Boswell Co, out of Corcoran,
and then on to Australia and New Guinea as a crop duster, contract pilot
and Bush Pilot in the Outback and in New Guinea. Main claim to fame there
was 2 helicopter and 2 plane crashes in 4 four years,(a good average and
I owned the planes, a good way to lose money, and being one of the first
white men to contact natives on the Frieda River, a fork on the Sepik which
at that time was still unexplored territory. Back to the US having sold
out and flew for Petroleum to the Gulf Oil Rigs and then to OR as Chief
Pilot of Portland General Electric Co until I took early retirement and
took off for 6 years on a 44 ft sailboat sailing from Portland to the Med
and spending time in Spain and Portugal and the beautiful topless beaches
of Mallorca and Ibiza. Finally settled down back here in San Antonio and
am now quietly living on the beach as we old sailors say sailing nothing
but a long square 5th wheel and puttering in my back 40.
I forgot to put in there that for almost 5 years I was co-holder
of the Worlds Helicopter Endurance Record flown at Meadows Field, Bakersfield,
CA in July 1964. 101:06:20..was one tired sucker when that one was done...
PHOTO 437th. maintenance Flight Chief
Phase 1) 1921--1939----Born Eldorado
Kansas. Attended grade, junior and high school at Pampa, Texas.
Phase 2) 1939--1945--- U.S. Army
Air Corps. 17th. and 319th. bomb Groups
Phase 3) 1946--1951--- Engineering
student. Graduated University of Tulsa, BS Aeronautical Engineering. also
Private Pilot #601108, 1946
Phase 4) Progressive civilian
engineering and logistic management positions with Logistic Command, U.S.
Air Force, (Tinker AFB, Okla.)
Phase 5) 1982--1988---Vice President,
Logistics, B-1B Bomber Program, Rockwell Int'l Corp.
Phase 6) 1989--1988---Logistic
Consultant, Rockwell Int'l Corp.
Phase 7 1983 and on--- RETIREMENT
Married my high school girlfriend, Reita,
in 1942. One wife, one son, one grand son.
My work lasted over 60 years....enjoyed every
day. I now believe that the end is in sight and the best is yet to come.
I intend to live each day to the fullest...and try to repay some of my
good fortune along the way.
I am now active in the sailplane advocation.
Cannot get a class III FAA medical certificate... which limits my flying
"self certification" ...gliders. Have purchased a Schempp-Hirth "VENTUS
CM" auxilary powered sailplane. Has a 58' wingspan with a 48/1 glide ratio.
Excellent instruments including a GPS. The glider is hangered at Moriarty,
NM where I am now having a hanger built.
This part of New Mexico has outstanding soaring conditions and I
look forward to several years of hi and long flights.
After our boat ride back to Boston, I was able
to talk my way into the Air Force Training Aids at # 1 Park Ave, NYC, at
least it wasn't Del Rio, Texas where they wanted to send me. After
mustering out I worked for three major companies: The Borden Co at 350
Madison in NYC, E&J Gallo in Modesto, CA, and in San Francisco with
Browne Vintners, a division of Joseph Seagrams. My
specialties were package design and sales
promotion materials. Since retiring in 1979 I've continued to work
in the wine industry as a consultant and designer. If you ever want
to get into the background and fun of these jobs, I'll gladly role it out.
I get a kick out of telling my children who are involved in the high tech
world that my father was a pioneer in the communication business, working
for AT&T installing central office technology for telephone companies
throughout the east, midwest and south. They also installed the first
sound equipment in silent movie houses in the late 20's. To up Brockman's
ante I was born on a kitchen table in Detroit. While growing up we
lived in ten different houses while my father was transferred back and
forth between Detroit, Cleveland, NYC, New Orleans, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
Sixteen different schools, not counting the cadets. That last was
an experience---I wasn't sure I could make it, all I had studied to be
was an artist and was working for Bordens drawing Elsie and on top
of that I was
When the WWII ended I had not turned 21 yet so
I thought I should get some more school learn_in. The start was delayed
for over a year since I did not have the "points" to get a discharge.
I was a Category 5 officer (wanted out yesterday) but this did not speed
things up. First I flew the C-46, then back to the A-26 with the
3rd Attack Group. When I got home to San Diego it was September 1946 and
enrollment was already underway at San Diego State. Some good friends
of mine enrolled me in the classes I needed and learn_in was underway.
John Carlisle, 439th navigator, had been attending State before the war
and was now back. I joined his fraternity, and the partying was also
underway again. I met Frances Hemenway, my wife-to-be at State.
After 2 years I left State
and went to UC Berkeley. During my senior
year Frances and I were married and John Carlisle was our best man.
I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. Frances and
I moved to Walnut Creek where we lived for 13 years. After a few
jobs doing mechanical design type work, I joined the engineering staff
at a Bay Area oil refinery. This started my career doing project
and process engineering. After leaving the refinery I work for several
major engineering/construction companys
both in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
We finally migrated to the very northern end of California where we have
lived for the past 25 years. I finished out my work-for-pay years on the
faculty of the college in Klamath Falls, Oregon and later doing private
consulting in the energy field. (Boy!! I hope this isn't as boring
to read as I think it is.)
Frances and I have a son Mark who is engineering
director of a small computer software firm. We love the outdoors.
Our home is at the end of three mile of dirt road. We get no salemen
knocking on the door. Both of us have our pilot certificates and own and
operate a small airplane out of the airstrip at our home. Anyone who has
courage enough to read through all this is welcome at our
home anytime. Stay as long as you like.
Gene Ryan .
I was born in 1920 and was raised on the streets of Dalton, Georgia.
I joined the Army Air Corp six days before the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor.
Trained to be an airplane mechanic at Keesler Field in Mississippi. Went
to Glenn L. Martin airplane factory to learn about the B 26. Joined 319th
Bomb Group at Barksdale Field.I rode the Queen Mary to England. Went to
North Africa with the invasion forces and then to Sardinia and Corsica.
I was a mechanic and crew chief on B 26,B25 when overseas and A26 at Columbia
Army Base. While stationed in South Carolina I married my long time sweetheart,
We are still married after 53 years.We have a son and a grandson.
After the war I went to work at the Dalton postoffice. I retired in 1972
as a supervisor and went into the real estate business as a broker and
auctioneer. I traveled over much of the Southeast selling real estate at
auction.I have slowed down now and only take a job if it seems easy and
is close to home.I don't hit the ground running any more.
Howard is not on line, I am his
son, Jim. He is well and still working at 75. After the war he finished
his engineering degree at University of Iowa, worked for Westinghouse,
Thompson Products (TRW) and Purolator (as Chief Engineer). He struck out
on his own in 1960, founding Gammon Technical Products, Inc. We are munufacturers
and distributors of aircraft fuel handling and quality control products.
You can see our web page at gammontech.com. We employ 65 people and are
the leading manufacturer in our (very narrow) field world-wide. We do a
pretty good amount of business with the Air Force, and it still holds a
special place in his heart. I am now president, but Howard is still working
40-50 hours a week as Chairman and Vice President. He is not the type to
relax and take it easy! Howard really liked to see the web site and old
photos. He has asked me to ask any of his old buddies to please email us
to say hello.
firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Gammon
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