M.554  First Officer  Ernest Oliver 'Ernie' McGehee

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 b. 16 Sep 1919, Rogers, AR 21 May 1941 to 9 Sep 1942 


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The 'Enid Echo'



Ed. Enid High School, OK

prev. Oklahoma National Guard; Assistant Airport Manager - Woodring Field, Enid

m. 8 May 1941 Juanita M [Liken, also from Enid]

Address in 1941: 908 E Main, Enid, OK

ATA pilots Earl Renicker (d. 7 Feb 1942) and John Erickson (d. 9 May 1942) also came from nearby in Oklahoma.

Postings: 1FPP

Suspended for 7 days in Sep 1941 for 'landing after official landing time'

2 accidents, both his fault:

- 4 Nov 1941, a bad landing in a Hurricane led to the undercarriage collapsing and the aircraft tipped onto its nose,

- 29 Jan 1942, another heavy landing, this time in a Spitfire, tore off the port undercarriage leg.

Joined 8th AF USAAF as 1st Lieut, but d. 19 Oct 1942 when he hit barrage balloons over Liverpool flying a Hurricane on a weather check.

Originally buried Brookwood Cemetery, Guildford, then (from 1948) Enid Cemetery, OK

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