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Killer Kane



Here is a story I wrote to Killer Kanes daughter-in-law several years ago.
06/12/1997
Hi Donna,
I can tell you a story about your father-in-law which made me admire him although I didn't know him.
When I was crewed up he was commander of Gowen field in Boise Idaho.
I must go back a little way to start the story.
I was in pilot training class of 43xxx. When we were in pre-flight at Maxwell Field Alabama our cadet commandant was a guy named Norxxx xxxxxxx. He was a young corporate lawyer from New York with an Ivy League law degree, about six four and made a fine sight leading the parades of 22,000 cadets etc. No doubt he was connected to get the position. Stripes from his shoulder to his wrist.
Well I washed out in basic and got sent to Bombardier school. Low and behold Norxxxx must have got washed out too because he ended up at the same field (San Angelo Tx) Class 44xxxx and ended up the top dog "commandant of cadets" there also. While he was there he caused a red headed cadet to get washed out whose name I can't remember.
When we graduated we were sent to Boise without the normal leave because they were short of Bombardiers. My crew was half way through phase training when I arrived. Right away Norman went to work and using his connections and influence got himself transferred to the Judge Advocates Office and out of Bombardier classification. He was going to stay in Boise while we went to the War.
Well we got sent to Topeka Kansas to get a new plane and head overseas One of our bombardier group (Norman Hart) broke all military rules and wrote a letter directly to Col. Kane explaining the situation to him. Apparently Killer Kane didn't like it either because about three months later Norman xxxxxxx) showed up overseas in Italy in a nearby group. As fate would have it he was assigned to the group where the redhead washed out cadet was now a gunner. When the word got around from the gunner his name was SHI-. When I left Italy in Jan 1945 he was still a 2nd Lt. and still flying missions.
Killer Kane had a reputation that was well known throughout the Air Corp but after that episode I knew he was my kind old man.

Everett Frank - 721st Squadron




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