|P-51s flown by Sgt. Flower's unit: 2nd Pursuit Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group.|
Farnham J. Flower could have been 100 years old today.
What kind of a name is Farnham? Sounds kind of English, yes?
Farnham was born in Wales on January 28, 1917. His father was English and his mother was Welsh. He had one older sister with the appropriate name of Violet Flower. His family came to America in 1926. The 1930 census shows his father working as a coal miner in Michigan.
Perhaps feeling some affinity for his native Great Britain, Farnham enlisted in the Army Air Corp on October 10, 1940, when the war in Europe was just one year old and England was standing alone against Nazi Germany. During the course of the war he became a staff sergeant and was serving in the 2nd Pursuit Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group which was stationed in Piagiolino, Italy by the end of the war. This fighter group flew P-51s.
Sgt. Flower had the misfortune of dying on May 5, 1945, a mere three days before the end of the war in Europe. While most pilots were officers, there were some flying sergeants. I was unable to determine if Sgt. Flower died as a pilot or in some accident on the ground.
His remains were returned to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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