M.414  First Officer Austin Marcus Drumm 
flag usa   b. 14 Jan 1915, Union City, Michigan 17 Mar 1941 to 9 Dec 1941 

 

     

 

father Earl Drumm (dec'd), Mary Eta Parkman

m. 1939 to Benita 'Bonnie' Vieve [McCarthy] [d. 2 Jun 2008]

prev. exp. 5yrs as a flight instructor in Virgina Air Service, Gordonsville

Address in 1941: 503 Carleton Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia


Postings: 6FPP

"A good pilot who has done all work allocated to him in a satisfactory manner", but:

Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons


Later a pilot in the US Army Air Transport Command, and then a Colonel in the USAAF.

In 1944, he and his crew bailed out of a B-24 near Georgetown, British Guiana and spent about 2 weeks in 'the roughest jungles in South America'. One of the pilots sent to look for him was James Ansley (M.511), who had travelled to the UK with him in 1941.

In 1946, Drumm "picked up a copy of the Southeastern Airport News and read that Ansley was running Page Field for Lee County. After an exchange of telegrams he flew over to Page Field in his PT-17 for a happy reunion with his old flying partner."

After WWII, the family lived in Utah and North Carolina while Austin completed his education, then moved to Lexington, Virginia, where from 1963 he was Professor of history at Virginia Military Institute.

d. 8 Jan, 1997 - Barboursville, Virginia

buried Weedsport, Cayuga County, New York


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