<bgsound src= "inthemood.mid" loop="1"> THE CATTERPILLAR CLUB

The "Catterpillar Club" was the unofficial collective nickname of those men who had been forced to parachute from their aircraft. Below is a list of the 20th.FG Pilots who "Hit the Silk" which originally appeared in King's Cliffe.

( Note: As with all pages of this site those with individual bios are highlighted in white. By clicking on their names you will be taken to those pages.)


NAME/RANK/FS TYPE A/C DATE PLACE ALTITUDE (ft.)
1st. Lt. Thomas F. Hetherington, Grp.HQ P-38 30 Dec. 1943 England 18,000
Lt. Col. Mark E. Hubbard, Grp.HQ P-38 18 March,1944 S. Germany 1,000
Col. Robert P. Montgomery, Grp.HQ P-38 11 February, 1944 N. France 300
Lt. Col. Cy Wilson, Grp.HQ P-51 27 August, 1944 North Sea 300
1st. Lt. Lee W. Anderson, 55th. P-51 10 August, 1944 N. France 2,000
1st. Lt. Charles F. Bain, 55th. P-51 25 August, 1944 Baltic Sea 300
1st. Lt. Harry E. Bisher, 55th. P-38 5 March, 1944 Antwerp 10,000
2nd. Lt. Robert C. Brown, 55th. P-51 7 October, 1944 Stettin 20,000
2nd. Lt. John F. Dyer, 55th. P-38 18 April, 1944 England 18,000
2nd. Lt. Robert H. French, 55th. P-38 5 January, 1944 N. Germany 15,000
2nd. Lt. Royal D. Frey, 55th. P-38 10 February, 1944 W. Germany 4,000
2nd. Lt. Everett E. Geiger, 55th. P-38 24 February, 1944 Holland 10,000
1st. Lt. Adam L. Hunt, 55th. P-38 14 July, 1944 N. France 1,000
2nd. Lt. Raymond J. Kensik, 55th. P-51 13 January, 1945 England ------
2nd. Lt. Alphonso H. Kent, Jr, 55th. P-51 27 August, 1944 North Sea 6,000
1st. Lt. John E. Klink, 55th. P-38 16 July, 1944 North Sea 1,000
Capt. Joseph T. McKeon, 55th. P-51 7 October, 1944 Stettin 20,000
2nd. Lt. Edward G. Pfiffer, 55th. P-38 4 March, 1944 W. Germany 8,000
1st. Lt. Eugene Planchek, Jr., 55th. P-51 17 January, 1945 W. Germany 7,000
1st. Lt. Joseph A. Peterburs, 55th. P-51 10 April, 1945 Berlin Area 300
2nd. Lt. Allen D. Singleton, Jr., 55th. P-38 18 March, 1944 North Sea 1,000
Capt. Willis B. Taylor, 55th. P-38 19 October, 1944 W. Germany 18,000
Capt. Richard M. Tracy, 55th. P-51 10 April, 1945 Berlin Area 300
1st. Lt. Louis Adams, 77th. P-51 17 October, 1944 England 5,000
1st. Lt. Alvin S. Clark, 77th. P-51 12 August, 1944 N. France 5,000
Capt. William K. Cook, 77th. P-38 22 May, 1944 Kiel Area 18,000
1st. Lt. John C. Cowley, 77th. P-51 5 April, 1945 Belgium 2,000
1st. Lt. John W, Cudd, 77th. P-51 4 April, 1945 North Sea 2,000
1st. Lt. Edward W. Doering, 77th. P-51 27 August, 1944 North Sea 7,000
1st. Lt. Charles W. Dungin, 77th. P-38 13 July, 1944 Thames Estuary 5,000
1st. Lt. Charles W. Dungin, 77th. P-51 7 October, 1944 Baltic Sea 8,000
1st. Lt. Hal W. Everett, 77th. P-38 13 May, 1944 N. of Kiel 1,000
Capt. Eugene Fleming, 77th. P-38 18 November, 1943 England 20,000
2nd. Lt. Jack Gard, 77th. P-51 1 December, 1943 W. Germany 5,000
2nd. Lt. Kenneth M. Geiger, 77th. P-51 28 September, 1944 C. Germany 500
1st. Lt. Albert L. Gese, 77th. P-38 12 June, 1944 Normandy 20,000
2nd. Lt. James C. Hart, 77th. P-38 24 January, 1944 Liege, Belgium 25,000
Capt. James M. Morris, 77th. P-38 7 July, 1944 C. Germany 18,000
1st. Lt. Benjamin N. Rader, 77th P-38 12 June, 1944 English Channel 2,000
Capt. Donald A. Reihmer, 77th. P-51 4 August, 1944 Baltic Sea 700
2nd. Lt. Chester J. Swierczynski, 77th. P-51 24 March, 1945 W. Germany 1,000
Capt. Terrance M. Williams, 77th. P-38 12 June, 1944 Holland 1,500
1st. Lt. John L. Armstrong, 79th. P-51 28 August, 1944 W. Germany 2,500
1st. Lt. Lynn P. Bishop, 79th. P-51 25 April, 1945 W. Germany 5,000
F/O Markrel L. Byrd, 79th. P-38 5 February, 1944 N. France 5,000
1st. Lt. Richard L. Crawford, 79th. P-51 23 July,1945 England 10,000
2nd. Lt. John F. Esau, 79th. P-38 8 April, 1944 C. Germany 500
1st. Lt. Mack D. Fall, 79th. P-38 30 January, 1944 Germany 8,000
1st. Lt. Albert R. Fogg, 79th. P-38 30 April, 1944 France 500
F/O Joseph L. Hamilton, 79th. P-38 4 January, 1944 N. France 2,000
1st. Lt. Thomas A. Hanzo, 79th. P-38 11 February, 1944 E. France 1,000
Capt. Jack M. Ilfrey, 79th. P-38 13 June, 1944 Normandy 1,200
1st. Lt. Kenneth Kautz, Jr., 79th. P-51 26 October, 1944 Holland 18,000
2nd. Lt. Robert B. Moss, 79th. P-38 29 January, 1944 C. Germany 20,000
1st. Lt. Melvin H Orr, 79th. P-38 11 February, 1944 C. Germany -----
Capt. Robert L. Pubentz, 79th. P-51 18 December, 1944 France 6,000
2nd. Lt. Willima H. Rierson, 79th. P-38 8 February, 1944 W. Germany 5,000
1st. Lt. Vicent Rudnick, 79th. P-51 6 May, 1945 England 3,000
2nd. Lt. Myron R. Sands, 79th. P-38 11 February, 1944 E. France -----
1st. Lt. Earl O. Smith, Jr., 79th. P-38 17 June, 1944 N. France 10,000
2nd. Lt. Leonard S. Smutko, 79th. P-38 11 February, 1944 W. Germany -----
1st. Lt. Robert L. Wells, 79th. P-38 16 March, 1944 England 28,000
1st. Lt. Woodrow W. Wells, 79th. P-51 27 July,1944 England 1,000
2nd. Lt. Leonard M. Wright, Jr., 79th. P-51 24 February, 1945 W. Germany 500


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