Biography - Virgil Radcliffe
 

Virgil Radcliffe at the
Corsicana Airfield
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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I found the attached pictures among ones that my uncle Virgil E. Radcliffe, had sent home during his short air force career.  He was in the class of 42-E, served in North Africa and was killed in a training accident at Dale Mabry field in July of 44.  None of his pictures were marked as to where they were taken but I was able to figure it out after seeing the pictures on your web site.  I am putting together a family album (which I hope will turn into a book) about Virgil's Air Force days.  Feel free to include the picture I have sent you in any exhibit or display about Corsicana.  I would like to know of any upcoming events at the air field.  I am not too far away, over here in Arizona, and would like to visit the field.

The plane in the back ground is a PT-19.  I have been doing much research in this area over the last few years.  Starting with almost no data I have been able to trace my uncle's career by getting to know other pilots he served with and research on his units that I did at Maxwell AFB.  I two other pictures of Virgil are taken in front of a PT-19 so they were most likely taken at Corsicana. 

Gary Metz

 

Notes:

  • View Letter written from Corsicana Field describing some of the field's activities - Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4
     


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