Junior Wilson was accepted as a cadet in the Army Air Force, but they had so many in the pipeline, they were given more time in each section of training. He began at Sheppard Field, Wichita, Texas, then was sent to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for College Detachment studies, then San Antonio for Preflight.
Curtis Field, Brady, Texas
Junior’s first flying was in the PT-19, 66 hours. He was stationed at Curtis Field from June to September 1944.
Majors Field, Greenville, and Waco, Texas
Junior Wilson added up to 120 hours total in the BT-13, from September to November, 1944. Both of his older brothers, Dale and Danny, had trained in the BT-13.
Aloe Air Force Base, Victoria, Texas
His Advanced training was done in an AT-6. Dale and Danny Wilson had also trained in the AT-6. Junior had over 271 hours of flight by the time he received his wings, Class 45-A at Aloe on March 11, 1945.
So by the time Junior Wilson arrived in Iowa March 13 to celebrate his new pilot’s wings, his parents had gotten the telegram that Danny was MIA in Austria.
Two brothers Missing in Action, Danny in Europe, Dale in New Guinea. And Donald was in the thick of combat near Japan on the crew of the USS Hancock.
Junior’s photo was taken at Edmondsons Studio in Perry, March 24, 1945.
Snapshots taken the next day at the Perry acreage, one with his nephew Richard Scar, just before Junior left for Des Moines to catch a train to Aloe Field, Victoria, Texas.