A considerable group sailed from California on November 21 aboard Bloemfontein and possibly Noordam, which had earlier carried men of the 1st AVG to Burma. Lieutenants Hagenbuch and Klemann, and Sergeants Charland, Zimmerman, and Brogden, plus the adaptible "Jimmy" Stewart, must have been among them.
Following the Japanese breakout on December 7/8, the ships were diverted to Australia, where Bloemfontein docked on December 22, and where the army men were eventually taken back into U.S. service. Their Douglas and Lockheed bombers were likewise re-inducted, as were the men who hadn't yet sailed for Asia. I'm seeking the names of those with a connection with the 2nd AVG. If you know of any such, please send email. And click here for more about the 2nd AVG.
|Name (joined from)||recruited as||what we know about him||later WWII service|
|John Brogden (USAAF)||aircraft gunner?||supposedly sailed to Australia,"flew with the Flying Tigers until they disbanded," then rejoined the AAF||sergeant, 381st Bomb Group, Europe, KIA 11 Jan 1944|
|Alfred Charland (USAAF)||armament instructor||sailed to Australia, where he worked for CAMCO until Feb 1942, when he rejoined the AAF||sergeant, 35th Fighter Group, Pacific|
|Glenn Hagenbuch (USAAF)||bomber pilot||scheduled to fly out 10 Dec 1941; returned to USAAF||B-17 pilot in Europe, died 1943|
|Robert Klemann (USAAF)||bomber pilot||Recruited September; scheduled to fly out 10 Dec 1941; flew to Sacramento 4 Dec; orders canceled after 7 Dec; returned to USAAF||B-25 pilot in China|
|James Louis Lawler (USAAF)||navigator||Apparently scheduled to fly out 10 Dec 1941; reported at Los Angeles; orders canceled after 7 Dec; returned to USAAF||career Air Force officer|
|Royal Leonard (civilian)||flight leader||Suggested as candidate to bring AVG bombers to Asia; returned to US by sea, but arrived after Pearl Harbor attack; evidently returned to China||CNAC pilot?|
|Jimmy Stewart (civilian)||morale officer?||sailed to Australia Nov-Dec 1941||Red Cross Field Director, New Guinea|
|William Zimmerman (USAAF)||aircraft mechanic||"Honorably Discharged to enter Amer Vol. Gp." 13 Nov 1941. Sailed to Australia, where he worked until Jun 1942 assembling P-40s & Beauforts||Taught AAF mechanics in Philadelphia; flight training; B-24 pilot 15th AF; earned DFC|
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