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CHAPTER I: Scott’s early experiences
with gliders and airplanes. He goes to
Ft. McPherson and enlists in the regular
army as a private.
CHAPTER II: Scott wins the West
Point competitive exam and gets' a fur
lough before reporting. He is graduated
as a second lieutenant of infantry and
goes to Europe, which he tours on a
motorcycle He sells his motorcycle and
arrives at Randolph Field. Texas
CHAPTER III: Scott makes hip first
solo flight. Drives 1.300 miles to Georgia
over every week end to see his girl. Scott
is now, graduated from Kelly Field and
has wings pinned on his chest Ordered
to report to Hawaii but wanting to get
married he lays his plight before the
General and is ordered to report at
Mitchel Field. N Y.. instead.
CHAPTER IV: En route to New York
Scott is stopped by police who mistake
him for a bandit. He carries the mail
for Uncie Sam In order to gain more
flying time, and gets married.
CHAPTER V: The wat edges closet
and he is farther than ever from combat
duty. He has been told he is too old
for combat flying, and after December 7.
1941, he begins writing Generals all over
the country for chance to fly a fighter
CHAPTER VI: Scott solos a Flying
Pertress for the first time and makes
twenty practice landings. He leaves for
India from a Florida point
CHAPTER VII: Easter Sunday tn Af
rica. They fly along the Arabian coast
and land at Karachi, India, covering
13.000 miles in eight day*.
CHAPTER VIII: CoL Haynes orders
the group to report at a base in Eastern
Assam, on the India-Burma border.
CHAPTER DC: Burma is falling Into
the hands of the Japs. Flying over
bombed and burned Chinese towns they
land at Schwebo. Scott meets General
Stilwell and his party.
CHAPTER X: Scott's group carries
refugees out of Burma, heavily overload
ing the planes. He pays a visit to Gen.
Chennault and tells him he is a fighter
pilot and not a ferry pilot and is prom
ised the next P-40 that arrive* from
CHAPTER XI: Open season on Japs—
the big adventure is near. Scott gets
hl* first Jap—an army bomber on the
ground. He burn* up some Jap truck*
and a fuel dump.
CHAPTER XII: Scott goes on tome
strafing missions with his “Old Ex
terminator," as he ha* now nicknamed
his Ktttybawk. and cuts a Jap battalion
to bits.
CHAPTER XIII: The AVG are told
they are to be inducted Into the U. S.
army. Scott returns to India and con
tinues hl* lingle chip raid* on the Jap*.
He i* now known back in the States as
"the one man air force.”
CHAPTER XFV: Col. Haynes is moved
to China to head the bomber command
under Gen. Chennault and Scott is left
alone as commanding officer of the Ferry
Command. Scott is ordered to report to
Gen. Chennault in Kunming, China, as
commanding officer of the 23rd Fighter
CHAPTER XV: CoL Scott is ordered
to proceed to the Kweilin area to take
charge of fighter operations.
CHAPTER XVI: He Intercepts a flight
of Jap planes and downs a bomber.
His tank Is empty but he succeeds in
landing it dry.
CHAPTER XVII: In which Scott tells
about his friend. Major "Tex” Hill, to
whom he owes his life. Maj. Alison is
hit and. tries to land his crippled bomber
CHAPTER XVIII: Maj Alison, who
had crashed *i the river and had been
given up for lost, comes back in a sedan
chair carried by admiring Chinese. Chi
nese coolies and rivermen by means of a
method over three thousand years old
raise and salvage the sunken P-40.
CHAPTER XIX: The lighter side of
life in China. The fight put up by Lt
Dallas Clinger of Wyoming.
CHAPTER XX: Capt. Charlie Sawyer
crash-lands and is unable to Identify
himself. Tribesmen get set to execute
him but some new arrival saves him
CHAPTER XXI: The “Old External
nator” gets into another fight and one
more Jap will never fly again. The
Kittyhawk is so badly mauled it is
condemned from further use. Col. Scott
gets a new P-40E.
CHAPTER XXII: Another “probable"
for Scott. Lt. Daniels Is wounded and
Maj. Bruce Holloway is shot down, but
crash-lands In a rice paddy.
CHAPTER XXIII: Col. Scott leaves on
his greatest mission to date, with Gen.
Haynes In the lead bomber. “Tex” Hill
gets a Zero.
CHAPTER XXIV: On the way back
from Hongkong Scott sees below him Fort
Stanley, British and American prison
camp. A large group of prisoners wave
■t his ship as he goes over, and he ex
periences his saddest feeling of the war.
CHAPTER XXV: New P-40s begin to
arrive steadily. They make a second
attack on Hongkong. Jap bombers look
for U. S. fields but fait Scott leads 16
fighters to escort 12 bombers to Canton.
We figured that some important an
nouncement was about to be made,
and out there in the hostel area
everything was quiet. The amber
liquid was divided among some forty
men, and each of us got a few
drops in a Chinese teacup—but it
was enough for the ceremony.
The General grinned at us and
said, “We’ve got the Japs worried
now, we’ve hit everywhere except
what he thought we’d attack. To
morrow is the Day.’’ We could hard
ly keep from cheering. But we held
up our “brimming cups’’ and just
said, “To you, General,” The drops
never tasted better.
That night, after the announce
ment, we closed the post and kept
all men from going into town. This
would cause talk in the right places.
Colonel Cooper went into Kweilin
and discreetly passed out the news
that we -were ready for the main
attack. Somehow he arranged for
just the right information to begin
its round-about journey to the Jap
The seed had now been sown.
On November 27 the largest force
of bombers we had ever used in Chi
na, escorted tr the l?Z2est force of
Col. Robert L.Scoff
fighters, rolled” down tfie runway at
Kweilin. There were fourteen bomb
ers, with twenty-two P-40's for es
cort. We had also left a strong
force on the ground at Kweilin, just
in case the Jap tried something
while we were away. I led the
headquarters section of the fighter
escort and made up the reserve. My
position in the escort would be three
thousand feet above the bombers.
Down below me a thousand feet was
Johnny Alison with his flight of
eight, on the right flank of Morgan’s
bombers. Colonel Bruce Holloway
had the flight on the left flank, an
other thousand feet lower. Colonel
Cooper was riding in the lead bomb
er as intelligence officer, and that
day was going to demonstrate the
teamwork that he had striven for,
between the fighters and the bomb
Cooper had been so anxious to ac
company our raids that he seemed
keenly disappointed whenever other
duties interfered. He was threaten
ing today to take over one of the tur
rets in the lead bomber and shoot
down the first Jap. I joked with
Coop on the way to our fighters that
morning, and told him that we in the
fighters were so glad to have him
along that we were going to let one
Jap through, just so he could shoot it
down and get the pilot’s ears for his
little boy. We laughed as we sep
The large formation—large for us
in China—assembled over the air
drome and took a course North in
the direction of Hankow. We want
ed reports from other spies in Kwei
lin to get started, for this mission
was planned mainly to get the Jap
Air Force into the air where we
could get at it. We usually evaded
towns as we began our attacks, but
today we went low over Kweilin,
and then to the North. When we
were beyond the prying and ready
ears of any spies, we turned to a
direct heading for Hongkong.
Now we climbed above high over
cast to twenty-thousand feet, and
settled down for the three hundred
miles ahead. In fifty-five minutes
the clouds began to break and scat
ter, and we approached enemy ter
ritory with a cloudless sky and per
fect visibility. Over to the right
now I caught the glint of the sun on
the junction of the three rivers that
meet near Canton in a figure like a
trident. Far ahead I saw the hills
of Hongkong Island and the ever
present fog banks out in the Pacific.
We crossed the East River that
led down to Canton, and the bomb
ers turned ninety degrees to the
right, away from Hongkong—and we
swept towards Canton. For again
we were going where the enemy
were not expecting us. The Gen
eral was about to outguess the Japa
nese as always.
I could imagine the small aerial
screen over Hongkong watching and
waiting, while on the ground at Kai
Tak in Kowloon, on Sanchau Island,
at Tien Ho and White Cloud in Can
ton, the enemy Zeros were waiting
to take off after we had passed Can
ton, to come and get us over Hong
kong or to intercept us on the way
home. We bored in towards our tar
gets—shipping on the East River at
Canton and at Whangpoo Docks. We
had special reports that two freight
ers were unloading new Zeros and
spare airplane engines at Canton
that morning.
Just South of Tien Ho airdrome,
we split the bomber formation, and
one of the fighter echelons went with
each of the three bomber flights,
each with an assigned target. My
flight stayed with the lead bomber
formation, and I saw our target, an
8,000-ton freighter surrounded by
many lighters, there in the river.
The smoke from the single stack
was lazily going straight up. Mor
gan’s bombardier was* bending
tensely over his bomb-sight now,
keeping the cross-hairs on the tar
get. I knew the A.F.C.E. was fly
ing the lead bomber as we went on
the straight bombing run towards
our target.
I saw fhe string of bombs bracket
the freighter perfectly, and later
photos showed four direct hits from
the first flight. The lighters around
the doomed vessel were blown high
and in all directions. Down to our
left, Holloway, escorting the other
flight whose target was a freighter,
saw the vessel hit, then saw the
smoke. Alison had his fighter force
with the third flight they had al
ready bombed the docks and were
fighting Zeros from getting to the
bombers. I heard the bomber com
manders call that bombs were
away, and give orders to close the
bomb-bay doors. As we wheeled
over our targets, turned from West
to North, and started home, I heard
Morgan call “California,” which
was my signal that he was on the
way home with the big ships.
Then, under the lead flight of
bombers, I saw the enemy fighters
coming up and I knew we had them..
All the enemy planes were below
us, climbing steeply for the bellies
of the bombers. They had waited
on the ground too long, had waited
for us to pass Canton and go on to
Hongkong. Now we had every ad
vantage. General Chennault had
foxed them again, and I had an idea
that we were in for a profitable day.
I called directions to the Group as
the bombers closed up and I started
down. Alison was even now shoot
ing down Zeros around the last for
mation of bombers. Holloway called
to one of his elements to take the
climbing Jap ships and return to
formation. We were fighting this
battle like a business, and we were,
going to keep together until every
bomber was safely on the way home
to lunch gt. Kifreilin..
Slacks bathing suits ... ice
cream cones—all the trappings of
midsummer long awaited ’tis
true—but there’s no doubt about it
being here in ernest temperatures
in the mid-nineties—they were in the
fifties last week and lawn sprink
this season and the Buckeye,
coming into top place in public favor
after a long cold spring and
corn making up for lost time—looks
like lots of roasting ears soon
and watermelons in demand at prices
ranging for $1 up and with Pat's
and Johnson’s places closed for vaca
tion this week Bob Lewis' is holding
the line singlehanded on the haircut
and shave front and politics dead
as a dodo—vastly different from the
depression days when there was a
battle royal for the marshal’s job
and a public office pay check looked
as big as that full moon Tuesday
night but times change—as one
former resident said, she never realiz
ed how sweeping the change has been
until she read in the News that Bluff
ton’s meat markets were closed on
Saturday night who would have
thought that this would ever come
to pass?
Don’t get impatient with telephone
central these days if you encounter
some slight delay—it isn’t the heat.
Fact is the operators are kept on
the jump by farmers calling the
elevators here to inquire if there is
storage room for more wheat. A
bumper crop—together with shortage
of freight cars for shipping has
caused congestion at the elevators
Monday and Tuesday, with both
shippers unable to take any more
grain until additional cars were
pushed on the sidings ready to be
filled Tuesday afternoon.
And speaking of wheat yields—
Fred Mueller reports a yield of 563
bushels from a tract of 11 acres
bordering the Dixie highway near
the Kermit Kibele residence.
And Elmer Lehman, old time
thresherman of the Settlement is
back in the harness helping his
brother Roy who was injured recent
ly, receiving a broken bone in his
heel. Elmer, who lives in Lima and
hasn’t manned a threshing rig for a
good many years still knows his
way around and members of the
Settlement threshing ring said it
looked like good old times to see
him back again.
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Another reason w y Bluffton
should have soft city water in the
present soap shortage. We note
from press dispatches that, Toledo
and Columbus, both of which have
enjoyed soft city water, have taken
steps to further soften the water as
a soap conservation measure. In
Columbus it is estimated that a
$10,000 expenditure will save $500,
000 a year in soap bills. Bluffton’s
city water, one of the hardest in the
state aggravates the current soap
shortage, because of larger quanti
ties of soap required. Soft city
water has been long overdue here
and its’s time we’re giving the Bluff
ton housewives a break.
And speaking of the soap shortage
several women in the Bluffton dis
trict are trying out the soap making
recipe which appeared in this column
last week. They have agreed to let
us know the results. However, as
from two to four weeks are required
to age the soap, we can't tell you
anything further at this time.
Friends of John Winkler, former
Bluffton resident, wh- has been liv
ing in Los Angeles for a number of
years will be interested to learn that
he observed his 81st birthday an
niversary, July 7.
Marilyn Wollman, 19-year-old dau
ghter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Well
man of Freeman, South Dakota, and
a granddaughter of A. E. Lugibill
of South Lawn avenue is the author
of a number of poems, some of
which are appearing currently in the
Daily Argus-Leader of Sioux Falls,
one o fthe large South Dakota news
papers. Besides her literary en
deavors she is an accomplished musi
cian, following in the steps of her
mother, the former Estelle Lugibill,
well remembered here as a talented
This is the season of budget hear
ings—if you’ve ever taken the
trouble to read those fine print
notices that appear in the Bluffton
News about the middle of July you’ll
know what we mean. And just in
case you’ve skipped them—as every
one does—you may be interested to
know that the law provides that
every public body—village, school
district, township, etc., must estimate
its receipts and expenditures for the
coming calendar year. The meeting
at which this budget is read is open
td the public—and a notice of such
hearing is required to be published.
However, we’ve never seen any
citizen or taxpayer at a hearing. It’s
a formidable looking document, that
budget, with headings and sub
headings and contains rows upon
rows of figures which the clerk
usually reads in a dull monotone
and the rest of the group smoke,
draw pictures on scraps of paper o
just look bored until it’s over—when
requirements of the law have been
Of course you don’t know any
thing about a budget, because you
have never attended a hearing—and
we doubt if you would know much
more about it if you did.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Henkle were
Sunday dinner guests of Mrs.
Henkle *s son, Mr. Millis Klingler
and family of Kenton.
Mrs. Mae Doornberg of St. Louis
was a week-end guest of Mrs. Etta
Cpl. and Mrs. Darwin Hull of New
Orleans are spending a furlough
with relatives.
Miss Vada Staley of Ft. Wayne,
Ind. and Mrs. Bertha Desenberg
were Thursday guests of Mrs.
Marceille Coon.
Miss Imogene Fredericks was a
Sunday guest of her sister, Mrs.
Robert Williams.
Mrs. Imogene Guthrie and son
Dwaine, and Mrs. Etta Guthrie were
Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Phil Fletcher of Canton.
Mrs. Dile Arnold, Mrs. Dai^y Lud
wig, Mrs. Laura Bitmen and Mrs.
Josie Hall were Tuesday guests oi
Mrs. Dale Murray.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Houser have
left for Van Nuys, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Regis Sullivan and
son of Lima were Sunday guests of
Mr. and Mrs. W. 0. Hawk.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hall were
Sunday evening guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Morrison.
W. S. C. S. of the Methodist
church met at the home of Miss
Georgia Fackler. Members present
were: Mrs. Inez May, Mrs. Daisy
Ludwig, Mrs. Dile Arnold, Mrs.
Delma Watt, Mrs. Laura Biteman,
Mrs. Dale Murray, Mrs. Edith Down­
we’ve come
a long way
/I-.1. A Ohio, you have given America seven
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lirpresidents in the 75 years we have been
*1 945^
citizens of your state. In those 75 years
lap- you have given the nation its first
street lighting, its first elec- trie
street railway, its first airplane, cash
register, pneumatic tire,
become one of the
industrial and
ducers because
have dreamed of better ways to do things.
self starter. You have
country’s greatest
agricultural pro-
your inventive citizens
Many of these inventions have called for new develop
ments from petroleum and Standard Oil men
have been up to the job of creating them. Standard
Oil provided the lubricants for the
first airplane flight for Ohio’s
early railroads so they could speed up
To the independent business men selling Sohio products: On
our own 75th Anniversary we are p. oud to point to your con
tinued high standard of service over the years. We appreciate
your services in representing Sohio to the people of Ohio.
ing. Mr.«. Blanche Heiser, Mrs. Josie
Hall, Mrs. Deila Baertsche, Mrs. Iva
leen Vrich, Mrs. Mildred Carey,
Mrs. Bess Brackuey, Mrs. Ethel
Heiser, Mrs. Alice Fackler, Mrs.
Fannie Bergman, Mrs. Louella Koog
ler, and Mrs. Bessie Slane.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Morrison were
Wednesday afternoon callers of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Morrison.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Barber of
Harrod were Wednesday evening
callers of Mrs. Oil ie Hullibarger.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Brillhart and
Ellen Kay and Mr. and Mrs. C. J.
Hall and son were Saturday evening
supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wal
ter Morrison.
Mrs. Eda Hall spent the week with
Mr. Doyt Hall and sons.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Morrison of
Uniopolis and Mr. Fred Dawson of
Westminister were Thursday night
callers of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mor
rison and family.
Pleasant Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Younkman
of Ada called on Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur Phillips, Sunday evening.
Mr. and rs. Earl Winegardner
and daughter were Sunday dinner
guests of Guj’ Younkman.
Mr. and Mrs. Eli Gormatter and
family were Sunday evening visitors
at the Dennis Brauen home.
Mr. and Mrs. Landolyn Kindle and
son of Beaverdam were Sunday even
ing callers on LaMar Basinger and
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brauen were
Sunday afternoon callers on the
Jesse Bracy family.
Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Hauenstein
were Sunday visitors at the Lewis
Hauenstein hom^.
Mr. and Mrs Gerald Huber were
past week callers at the Karl Huber
Past week callers on Mike Cleason
and family were: Mr. and Mrs. A.
L. Stines, W’m. Gleason and family
of Lima, Mrs. Walter Gleason and
family of Indiana, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Faze and daughters, Josie
and Mary Nell and Billy Hess,
Eileen and Elwood Brauen.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman
were Sunday afternoon visitors of
Mr. and Mrs. Cal Herr.
Mrs. Dorothy Zimmerman and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zim
merman and family, Mr. and Mrs.
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trains for the first automobile internal combustion
engine—after it had been labeled a failure and was about
to be sent back to England.
Through petroleum, and the magic power it holds, we
have helped bring your people a new and better way
of life. Machine power to do the labor they once had
to do with their hands ... in the factory, the home and
on the farm. Heat, light and hundreds of other conve
niences. Fast, comfort-j^^^.^^. able transporta
tion... new leisure /oT’lS-SF new freedom.
Yes ... and with
coveries from petroleum
now being made—and still
to come—we’ll go a long
way together in the years
ahead, Ohio.
Oscar Zimmerman and H. P. Zim
merman were Sunday dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Long and
Emerson Baldwin of Detroit is
spending some time at the I. R.
Shindiedecker home.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stratton
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice
Bell and children were Sunday visit
ors at the Orton Stratton home.
Rodney Jennings and Roger Reich
enbach spent Friday with Billy
and Mary Nelle Hess.
Lillie Fett and Nellie Huber spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Hess and family and called on Mr.
and Mrs. Hdward Smith in Findlay.
Those who called Sunday at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Mefferd
to congratulate the recently married
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Mefferd were:
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mefferd, Mrs.
Kesler Mefferd, Don and Gary, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Purk and three
sons of Van Wert Mr. and Mrs.
Silas Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon
Miller and son of Ohio City Mary
and em Miller, Venedocia Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Gilmore and Phyllis and
Ruth Gilmore.
(Section list. (J. C. of Ohio)
HEREAS. The Director of Highways is
coii- i«-rine th, matter of the improv .-merit
under his supei'viGon of the public highway
State H«th*ay No. 1 3*. and
U HERBAS, JcfferHon Street within thia
village li whole or part along the line
of -ail ?tate highway, said Jefferson street
Iwiny mor. particularly described a follows:
Redlining at Main street thence proceeding on
Jefferson street in an easterly direction to the
East CoriKiration Line, a distance of ap
proximately 0.274 mile on S. R. 13.
WHEREAS. It ie proposed to extend said
state highway improvement into, within or
through this village and aloni the aforesaid
Jefferson street.
Be It Ordained, by the Council of the Vil
lage of Bluffton, State of Ohio:
SECTION 1: That it is declared to be in
the public Interest that the consent of said
village be. and such consent is hereby iriven,
that said Jefferson street, or so much thereof
as is above described lyintr alony the line of
said State Highway No. 13* may be improved
under the supervision of the Director of Hiirh
SECTION 2: That the Clerk be, and he is
hereby directed to furnUir*tt the Inrector of
Highways and to the’floard of QbMnty Com
missioners of Allen juountuj^QhjX a certified
copy of this OrdinaiW
taking effect thereof.
SECTION 3: That this Ordinance shall
take effect and be in force from and after the
earliest period allowed by law.
SECTION 4 s Permission granted by the
council of the villafre of Bluffton. Ohio, with
stipulation that said permission carries with
it no liability for payment.
Passed: July I«, 1945.
Clerk Mayor
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