Voici une photo et quelques informations :
ROLAND E. PETERSON, born April 29, 1919 in Crosby, Minnesota. Went to Brainerd High School. Volunteer for military draft February, 1941. Quarter Master Corp until November 1941 enlisted in Air Force at March Field, California then in Cadets, West Coast Training Command, Santa Ana, Hemet, Lancaster, Luke Field, class of 43-G.
Got 10 hours in P-40's at Luke. Fighter training in Florida, Venice and Fort Myers, P-39's, P-47's. Assigned to 405th Fighter Group, 509th Squadron in South Carolina.
Over seas Spring of 1944, based on South Coast of England at Christchurch; then in France near St. Mere Eglise. Front line works, dive bombing, strafing. Shot up twice by ground fire, once dive bombing a bridge near St. Lo, engine was hit - oil loss, made a dead stick into a new front line air strip. Second time got a small explosive shell in leading edge of right wing, shell belts broke and powder piled up all over, no fire though.
We had strafed a train and as I pulled up the wing got hit and as I passed over the locomotive the wing scraped the top of the cab. Got back to base O.K., new wing put on next day. Third time downed on fire, Joe O'Neil and I had dove into heavy clouds after sixteen FW-190's. Joe ended up with a bullet bruise on right shoulder, parachute harness was cut, he returned to base and landed left handed. I bailed out on fire over Landivy, France, got a few burns, hidden by French for three days until troops came into town.
Hospitalized and grounded a month. Flew seven more missions, total 66. Returned to States December 1944. Married in 1945 to Alice Lind of Negaunee, Michigan. Have three daughters, Lorraine, Lois, and Beth. Making a living as a carpenter in Marquette, Michigan.
Vu qu'il s'est échappé, voici son rapport d'évasion en détail : http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-1589.pdf
Il y parle de Louis Turin et de Gaston Coupé !