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