|Lt. Carl Poole flew C-47 Skytrains between India and Burma.|
Carl F. Poole never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on March 9, 1918 in Iowa. His parents Fred and Hazel were born in Iowa and Illinois, respectively. His father worked as an implements store dealer. Carl had an older sister and a younger sister. By 1940 Carl had completed four years of high school and worked as a mechanic while living with his parents.
He enlisted in the Army Air Forces on August 18, 1942. Three months later he married Geneva B. Whitacre. He became a second lieutenant and pilot in the 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron which was equipped with C-47 Skytrains. He left the states for India in February 1945.
The 3rd CCS transported men and supplies between India and Burma. Lt. Poole died on May 30, 1945 as a result of a plane crash in Mutkilia, Burma.
His grave is at Nichols Cemetery in Nichols, Iowa. His widow remarried and died in 2001.
Also born on the same day as Carl Poole was the popular crime novelist Mickey Spillane. Spillane enlisted in the army the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was trained to be fighter pilot, but was never sent overseas. He spent the war training others how to fly.
Last year on this date I profiled James Stump, 45th Infantry Division. You can read about James here.
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