Peter Zivic

. . Peter P. Zivic Jr. grew up in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a teenager when Hitler invaded Poland and Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Peter Zivic followed the daily developments of World War II daily. He supported the war effort by training younger pilots; only a close call kept

Ernest Ziga

. . Ernest Ziga of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served with the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.  After training as a flight cadet at Yale University and earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, Ernest shipped west became a B-17 maintenance officer.  In the South Pacific he served with the 873rd

Tom Wiley

. . Tom Wiley flew over 50 missions as a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force in Italy during World War II.  He never wanted to be a pilot.  He wanted to be a Marine, like his WWI veteran father.  But, as an ROTC cadet at Ohio State, he was

Ed Wenger

. . The scenery was stunning, but the land below was so desolate that their aerial maps were often blank.  For the men transporting supplies and troops from India into the heart of China’s high plateau region, the trip was as dangerous as any combat mission of WW II.  Even without

Charles Utz

. . During WW II, Chuck Utz (pronounced “youtz) served as a tailgunner aboard B-17 bombers, first ferrying aircraft from the US to Europe, and then into combat throughout the continent. His ship was hit and destroyed over Germany On Christmas Eve, 1944.  After bailing out, the Germans took him as

Wynn Sullivan

. . Wynn Sullivan entered the US Army Air Corps in September 1943 and served in Italy as a navigator aboard a C-47.

Florence Shutsy-Reynolds

. . She’s a living legend and an American hero, although she’s too humble to ever admit it.  Whatever credit “Shutsy” Reynolds takes for her service during WW II, she insists on sharing it with others—namely, her  fellow WASP comrades. A recent documentary about the Women Airforce Service Pilots explains the

James Shuster

. . James S. Shuster was born in 1922 and raised in the small Allegheny River town of Freeport, PA.  During the Great Depression, Jim’s father worked for the railroad.  It was good and steady work in tough times, Jim recalls.  “My Dad and his friends with seniority would get together

James C. Ross

. . James C. Ross entered the US Army Air Corps in April 1941 and spent 42 months in Europe working in ordinance.

Walter Reddy

. . Walter Reddy of Sewickley, Pennsylvania enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in Europe through the end of the war. Since childhood, Walter had been fascinated with airplanes.  “I was in love with the sky,” Walt says fondly, “and I always wanted to fly.” When Walt was

Guy Proie

. . Guy Proie, a B-24 ball-turret gunner, describes his World War II tour of duty in Europe as a “survival story.” His story is more than a survival story. It is a fascinating and detailed narrative about a young man who volunteered to be a ball-turret gunner, a position on

John Opeka

. . ohn Opeka enlisted in the Army Air Corps in February 1942, two weeks before turning 24 years old.  If he’d have waited two weeks, he would have been rejected for exceeding the age limit.  “I did not want to be a foot soldier,” he says.  “I made up my

Ernest Nigrelli

. . Ernest Nigrelli served in the Army Air Corps during WW II.  When his aircraft was badly destroyed on a mission, his captain ordered him to bail out.  It was the first time he had ever jumped from an airplane, and he was the only survivor. The VBC does

Victor Miesel

. . Victor Miesel spent the war years in the South Pacific serving with the Army Air Corps. His support role kept planes flying and helped move forward the massive Allied build up towards Japan. Although he served in the rear of the front lines, his squadron repeatedly came under attack

Frank McCormick

. . During WWII, Frank McCormick served with the US Army Air Corps as part of the China-India-Burma (CBI) war front.  Despite having a degree from Penn State, Frank first served as an enlisted man.  Shortly, Frank became motivated to apply to the officer corps to make more money.  He wanted

Gene Laus

. . Gene Laus entered the US Army Air Corps in July 1942 and flew aboard a C-46 as a radio operator and navigator. He flew in the China, Burma, India theater and flew a trip over the Himalayas before leaving in 1945. Pittsburgh WWII veteran Gene Laus entered the

John Kuzio

. . After his first month in the Army, John Kuzio shipped out to the South Pacific islands for the next three years.  That’s a long time overseas.  “You gotta be kidding me,” said the Army discharge clerk looking over his service record.  What can I say, he thought, I just

Frank Kravetz

. . Frank Kavetz entered the Army Air Corps on November 2nd, 1943 and he was trained as a tailgunner on a B-17.  He was assigned to 457th Bomb Group, 750th Squad in the Eighth Air Force. On a mission to Merseberg on November 2nd, 1944 his crew was attacked by