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.
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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