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Uncle Bud Newsletter : He Led the 65th into Combat Major General Arthur G. Salisbury

Uncle Bud Newsletter
December, 2009 Volume 12 Issue 5

Gen. Art Salisbury was the type of “guy” that every man would hope to emulate at some time in his life. Soft spoken, direct, always looking one straight in the eye. An excellent leader of men. He followed Phil Cochran as Squadron Commander of 65 in June 1942, he was active in the arrival at Muquebelia, Palestine and the move into LG-174. Art remained as Squadron Commander until January 1944, having led the Squadron all the way thru the Desert, flying 128 missions before being transferred to England.
He assumed Command of the 84th Fighter Wing, consisting of P-47, P-51, and P-38 fighter groups He was one of the first Air Force Officers to land on the Normandy beaches during the invasion. He returned to the States in December 1944 as Commander of Fighter Gunnery School. 1946, he was selected as Instructer for the first Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Field. Al. The Gen’l retired Nov.1, 1974. Continued living in Colorado Srings, where he was assigned an aide, Chief Master Sgt. Josephs who served him until the Gen’l died, March 20, 2005. Sgt. Josephs was a dedicated soldier attending Art’s business until the end.
We, together with a few other 65 personnel were fortunate to have spent a few hours with Art in March, 2005, just before his death.

Uncle Bud Newsletter : Opportunity Missed

Uncle Bud Newsletter
December, 2009 Volume 12 Issue 5

More of us should have made and kept those records of Pilots names and their plane numbers, but no one seems to have been studious enough or interested enough to make those notations and the more we hear questions, “what was your plane number, who was your pilot, did he fly a bubble canopy, was it painted Olive Drab? “ Seems as though some one person in each Sqdn. Would have kepi a record, is a little sad, because only now 68, yea later are we asking who was the pilot of “that” plane and who was the mechanic, the armorer. It’s called 20/20 hindsight, but an important factor in 57 history today.