And So It Was - Memories of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by John H. Truluck Jr

And So It Was - Memories of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by John H. Truluck Jr
And So It Was - Memories of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by John H. Truluck Jr

Published by The Press and Standard in 1989, 156 pages. Paperback (S8040WSO)

From the rear side cover: A highly- decorated combat pilot in World War II, John H. Truluck Jr. recently retired from the practice of architecture after a 44·year career. A native of Sumter County, Shiloh District, S.c., Mr. Truluck was born January 8, 1918. He at­ tended public schools at Sardis, graduating June, 1934. He receiv­ed a B.S. degree in architecture from Clemson College in June, 1938 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Ar­my Reserve Corps. Mr. Truluck obtained registra­tion in July, 1939 to become the youngest registered architect in the history of the state. He was called to active duty in the infantry in February, 1942 and sent to a reception center at Little Rock, Ark.

In May, 1942, Mr. Truluck was detached from the infantry and sent to Texas for pilot training at Corsicana, Randolph Field and Moore Field. He received his wings at Moore Field December 14, 1942 and transferred to Tallahassee, Fla.' for training in the P-47. He transferred to England in March, 1943 and was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group for combat operations.

Mr. Truluck's first combat mission occurred on June 20, 1943. His last mission wason April 29, 1944. He first saw a German fighter at a range close enough for identification on August 17, 1943. I'hat was also the date of his first enemy engagement, when he was credited with destroying a FW 190 and damaging a Me 210.

He destroyed his fifth plane on February 24, 1944 to become an Ace. Mr. Truluck completed his tour with seven planes destroyed and four damaged in the air. Three more were destroyed and three damaged on the ground. Two locomotives and one barge were also damaged.

The 56th Fighter Group was the top-scoring American group in the European theatreof operations, with more than 40 Aces. The group was credited with destroying 677 Ger­man planes in the air and 333 on the ground. The group was commanded by CoI. Zemke and was known as Zemke's Wolf Pack. Mr. Truluck received the following decorations: the Distinvuished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross plus three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal plus three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation Badge.

The condition of the book is generally a little poor, but is perfect as a reading copy or reference for study. The cover has several scuffs, blemishes and creases, and nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact and bound. There is an inscription in pen on the title page, and some yellowing to the inside pages throughout.
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