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Bakhaev Stepan
USSR/Russia
(Soviet fughter pilot. He took part in Great Patriotic War, Korean War 1950-1953.)
Gusev
USSR/Russia
(Pe-2 pilot. He took part in Great Patriotic War.)
Mohamed Keraidy
Egypt
(Took part in the war with Yemen, 1966-1967, wars with Israel in 1969-1970 and 1973.)
Bill Tucker
USA
(Took part in World War 2. He flew F-4/F-5 lightning reconnaissance aircraft in Burma 1944. Later General Motors Overseas Corporation and Cessna pilot.)
Joe Vincent
USA
(Took part in Vietnam war, 1970. Later FedEx pilot.)
David Noble
USA
(Aircraft mechanic served with USAF during WWII)
Bill Tucker
Materials sent by: Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

American pilot. During the WW2 he flew F-4/F-5 Lighting recce aircraft at India-Burma-China theatre in 1944.

Bill tell about his flying career:

My first solo was in a Luscombe 8A in Tacoma, Washington (state not D.C.) thanks to a government sponsored Civil Pilot Training program when I was 18 years. old and in my freshman year of college. That was way back in 1940.

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor I joined up as an Aviation Cadet in the US Army. I got to fly Stearman PT-17s in primary training, Vultee BT-13s in basic, and Curtiss AT-9s in advance, plus about 10 hrs in P-38s just before graduating Class 43-E in May 1943.

While against the Japanes in the China-Burma-India Theatre, - I was lucky enough to survive 54 combat missions in F-4s and F-5s. Also got time in B-25s, P-40s, P-51As and P-51Ds .When I was rotated back to the USA for rest I also got quite a few hrs in the Douglas A-26 which was one hell of an airplane! Lots of HP ! (2,000 hp on each side) and very fast on the deck!..

I never got to fly Jets although I started ground -school for the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star just before the wars end.

After the war ended, my air force experience qualified me for a commercial twin engine rating & Licence.. But personal flying was very expensive which limited me to only occasional light single engine planes like Cessnas and even an Ercoupe. I added a Glider rating later on and wished that I had done it sooner! Lots of fun!

I had a long commercial marketing experience with General Motors Overseas Corporation, mostly in Latin America before getting back into active flying again with Cessna. I was lucky to fly almost all of Cessna's piston engine models , - but my favorite week-end fun plane was the old fashioned tail-dragger Model 180.

Now Bill lives in Wichita, Kansas, USA.

I came here in 1977 to work for Cessna Aircraft doing Latin American marketing Back then the demand for aircraft was good and the activities were very satisfying. I traveled a lot working with dealers throughout Latin America. We did many demonstration tours with various new models like the the twin engine turbo-prop, Conquest Model 441. What a wonderful performing plane! We went as far south as Tierra del Fuego, in Argentina.. And spectacular scenery crossing The Andes (Mt.Aconcagua peaks at almost 23,000 ft.) to Chile. That was the most interesting part of my 'job' while living here in Wichita. I am retired now and miss flying very much. What I am 'doing here now?' is volunteering twice a week at the Flight and Science section of a large museum and children training facility named 'Exploration Place' where I demonstrate and guide youngsters in Flight Simulators. These modern simulators make me wish that we had them for training as cadets sixty old years ago!



Bill in the cockpit of his Lightning. North Burma, 1944.

The pics of Bill and his plane on the jungle air-strip at Tinkaksakan, North Burma. No name on the nose, but it looks like the edge of a number 1 is visible at left edge of the pic.

Bill's Lightning named FLY-N-HELL, code: 594/L (The picture from the Co-pilots side window).

The picture of the same Lightning taken from the B-25 bomber.

Bill at Beaumont, Kansas, 1979.


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