I Went Through World War II Hell as the Crew Chief of a C-47

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December 22, 2019 Topic: History Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: C-47World War IICrew ChiefAmericaElmer Wisherd

I Went Through World War II Hell as the Crew Chief of a C-47

This is my story.

After the war, Wisherd became a school bus mechanic but, despite his stated desire to never fly again, he found that he missed aviation. He got his civilian pilot’s license, maintained and flew private planes, served as a flight instructor, became the operator of the Rusk County Airport in northwest Wisconsin, and started the Lake Flambeau Flying Service. This article was adapted from his memoir, Clear the Prop, published in 2018 by Cable Publishing. 

This article originally appeared in 2019 on the Warfare History Network.

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