Town Talk, Alexandria, La. Friday,
April 21, 1944
TRIO SAGA RUNS ALONGSIDE THREE MUSKETEER
reasonable facsimile of the Three Musketeers
at the Alexandria, La. Army Air Field are three
fightin' Texas air heroes who started pilot
training, graduated, went into combat, flew
fifty missions, came back to the United States,
and are now stationed at the same air field
-- together. Also all three are now captains.
saga of the three Texans started at Hemet field,
California, November 1, 1940, where Otis Allison,
Warren; Will S. Arnett, Madisonville, and Claude
H. Bridges, Wichita Falls, started flight training
together for the army air forces.
their training, which took them to various
parts of California, New Mexico, and the east
coast, the three Texans flew to England, where
they served with one of the first two heavy
bombardment groups of the Eighth Air Force.
England, the Allison, Arnett, and Bridges trio
made eight raids on various parts of Holland
and France. Then came the North African invasion,
and after airdromes had been acquired by land
troops the three Texans were assigned to the
Twelfth air force in Africa. Here
the sons of the Lone Star state made forty-five
missions on Bizerte, Tunis, Sfax, Sardinia,
Sicily, and Italy. They were in on the first
raid over Italy, the bombing of Naples, April
1843. All three came back without a scratch.
pilots, Allison, Arnett, and Bridges, flew
their own Flying Fortresses, but occasionally
two of them paired up as pilot and co-pilot.
But whenever one went up the other two went
up also. They were members of the same squadron.
Always all three were on the same raid.
had a lot of Texans over there with us," said
Capt. Bridges. "In fact, it seemed that
most of the boys in our squadron were from
commented that some Englishmen and North Africans
have strange ideas about Americans.
we came from Texas, they figured us to be cowboys," said
Capt. Bridges, "There was one Arab kid
who knew some English. He kept asking us about
three, Allison, Arnett, and Bridges, are serving
as instructor-pilots at the Alexandria Army
Air Field, which gives Flying Fortress combat
crews operational training for overseas duty.