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Carlos W. Deremo

1st Lt. - U.S. Army Air Corps - B-17 Pilot

Active Duty 1942 - 1947 -- Reserves 1947 - 1957

World War II

U.S. - England - Europe

  

SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES
  • Carlos (Carl) first entered the Army Air Force in 1942 and went through an intensive flight training program at Miami Beach, Florida - Basic Training - Aviation Cadet; Carlstrom Field - Arcadia, Florida - Flight Training 1st phase; Gunter Field - Montgomery, Alabama - Flight Training 2nd phase; George Field - Illinois - Advanced Bomber Training; Harlington, Texas - B24 Bomber Training; Topeka, Kansas - Flight crew training; Tucson, Arizona - Phase training.  Then on to Norwich, England - 490th Bomb Group - B-17 Bomber Pilot with 35 combat missions over Germany and Romania until war ended in 1945.  Carl recalls...

  • "On one mission over Germany, we left England with 12 B-17's and came back with only 3. In every mission, we encountered considerable flak and German Messerschmitt Fighters. The 1000 plane raid on Berlin in the spring of 1945 - Hundreds of planes in formation ahead of us, beside and behind - an unbelievable sight and experience. Right after the war, we made a food drop to residents of Holland - on the field the Dutch spelled out 'Thank You, Boys'."

  • Carl was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Battle Stars.

  • After the war he was stationed in Texas as flight instructor to Navigators & Bombardiers as well as flight training to both Mexican and Nationalist Chinese pilots. 

    Carl was Honorably discharged from active duty in 1947 from Randolph Field, Texas.  He was a member of the US Air Force Reserve until Sept 1957 since its founding in 2001 Carl was a member of the Lexington Veterans Association.

        Carl and his wife, Trudy, lived in Sutton Walk.         

 

 

  Carlos (Carl) Deremo passed away at the Fort Myers Hope Hospice at Health Park on September 20, 2007.  Full Military Honors will be rendered at his memorial service at the Iona Hope Episcopal Church in Fort Myers on October 6th and his ashes will be buried in Southfield, Michigan. 

 

 

 

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