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George D. Calebaugh *** U.S. Army Air Corps*** 1943-1946

Prior to entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, George Calebaugh was a machinist at the General Electric Plant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. On March 4, 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and began basic training at Kearn's, Utah. His machinist skills were to be utilized by the Army's Air Corps Aviation Construction Battalion and in June of 1943 was transferred to Kerney, Nebraska for additional training. Later, after attending heavy equipment and caterpillar school in Spokane, Washington he was stationed in Blackfoot, Idaho where he built his first of many airstrips. By October of 1943, George was in the Pacific serving with the 865th Engineers in Company H or S and for the remainder WII constructed or repaired airstrips. The 865th Engineers airstrips were often occupied by the Army's Air Corps 49th, F.I.S, Fighter Interceptor Squadron that landed their Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk," North American P-51 "Mustang" and the Lockheed P-38 "Lighting" on airstrips constructed in New Guinea, the Dutch West Indies and the Philippine Islands. George was honorably discharged as a Corporal on January 20, 1946.

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