Most. Unusual Distinguished Flying Cross. Ever.

AN OUTSTANDING STORY THAT I UNFORTUNATELY MISSED.MAJOR HAROLD SLINGSBY (11-17-19 TO 10-12-2004), IS LAID TO REST AT PINECREST MEMORIAL PARK, SALINE COUNTY, ARKANSAS IN THE VETERAN’S FIELD OF HONOR.

Pinecrest Memorial, Veteran's Field of Honor

Pinecrest Memorial, Veteran’s Field of Honor

The American Warrior

The Philippine Air Lines hangar at Nielson Field in 1941. PAL flew Beech 18's and a Staggerwing (at right). The Philippine Air Lines hangar at Nielson Field in 1941. PAL flew Beech 18’s and a Staggerwing (at right).

When the Pacific War broke out in December 1941, thirty-three year old Harold Slingsby was employed as a pilot with Philippine Air Lines, working for the legendary Paul “Pappy” Gunn from the company’s hub at Nielson Field outside of Manila. Far Eastern Air Forces had no transport force in 1941, and in those dark December days, the huge hole that left in MacArthur’s air capabilities was keenly felt. With no way to move personnel or supplies around by air, General Louis Brereton drafted Philippine Air Lines’ pilots and aircraft into the USAAF. Slingsby became an instant captain.*

At the end of December, it was decided to move General Brereton’s headquarters to Australia. Key staff officers were ordered out of the Philippines to help establish the new HQ. Slingsby was one of…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 14, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Unbelievable, the heroic deeds these men carried out, can only be classed outstanding.
    Doubt there are many young men these days with the fortitude of those heroes.

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  2. Wünsche einen schönen Sonntag lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  3. I waited all day to read this–as a treat for finishing my work. Well worth it. Thanks, GP, as usual.

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  4. Agree that it was a outstanding story!

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  5. Here is a military history video put together by a family tree owner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WlxZwxPYI4. —– I first saw it on this FB group site: The Organized Genealogist

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