barksdale air force base

barksdale air force base

WWII Vet Visits Barksdale

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A PIONEER OF MILITARY AVIATION RECENTLY PAID A VISIT TO BARKSDALE. RETIRED LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROBERT VAUCHER, OF THE ORIGINAL SECOND BOMB GROUP, MET WITH AIRMEN TO TALK ABOUT HIS SERVICE AS A PILOT AND COMMANDER IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS THROUGHOUT WORLD WAR TWO. COLONEL VAUCHER FLEW VARIOUS AIRCRAFTS WITH MORE THAN A THOUSAND HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME IN THE PANAMA, CHINA-BURMA-INDIA AND CENTRAL-PACIFIC THEATERS. "I FLEW A HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN COMBAT MISSIONS TOTAL NOW. I FLEW EIGHTY-SEVEN COMBAT MISSIONS PATROL DUTY. SOME OF THEM WERE ANTI-SUBMARINE AND SOME OF THEM WERE ANTI-FORCE." COLONEL VAUCHER PILOTED THE FIRST B-29 SUPERFORTRESS ACCEPTED FROM BOEING AND FLEW IT UP TO 38,000 FEET, WHICH BROUGHT HIM PERSONAL COMMENDATION FROM GENERAL HENRY "HAP" ARNOLD. HE ALSO FLEW THE LONGEST NONSTOP WORLD WAR TWO COMBAT MISSION AND WAS THE COMMANDER FOR THE LARGEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE MISSION OF MAINLAND JAPAN, WITH OVER FOUR HUNDRED B-29S DROPPING 2,590 TONS OF BOMBS ON YOKOHAMA. COLONEL VAUCHER SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION RELIED ON ONE THING. "THE COMBAT OPERATION WAS EXTREME TEAMWORK. EVERY CREW MEMBER HAD A JOB AND THEY HAD TO DO IT WELL IN ORDER TO MAKE IT ALL COME OUT IN THE RIGHT WAY." COLONEL VAUCHER WAS ALSO SELECTED AS THE COMMANDER OF THE SHOW OF FORCE AT THE JAPANESE SURRENDER CEREMONY, COMMANDING OVER 500 B-29S. HE CONTINUES TO BE AN ACTIVE LEADER IN HIS COMMUNITY IN BRIDGEWATER, NJ AND AN INSPIRING SPEAKER ABOUT WORLD WAR TWO AVIATION. COLONEL VAUCHER HAD A GREAT TIME RETURNING TO HIS UNIT AND THE SECOND BOMB WING WAS HAPPY TO HOST HIM. REPORTING FROM BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, I'M AIRMAN FIRST CLASS GABRIEL STUART.