On the evening of November 18, 2010, the Frostproof Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet. Guest speaker, Edward F. Logan, Jr., a former U.S. Air Corps Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress pilot, related his recollections of combat flying training in the area. Topics included accounts of two mishaps over Frostproof, his military flying and a narrowing escape from German troops in 1945.
In 1944, Lt. Edward F. Logan, Jr., received a posting to nearby Avon Park Army Air Field, Florida, after completing Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress conversion at Sebring Field Army Air Field, Florida. Edward subsequently flew with the 15th Air Force, Fifth Wing, 483rd Bombardment Group, 817th Bombardment Squadron in Italy. He gratefully recalled the escorts provided by the Tuskegee Airmen in their North American P-51 Mustangs. Ironically, the pilots of the famed 332nd Fighter Group operated aircraft with red noses and tails, and the aircraft of Logan’s squadron utilized red cowlings and rudders.
Mr. Logan spoke vividly of the day his mortally damaged aircraft went down on its 34th mission. With difficulty Edward was able to eventually pass through Slovenia, after the invaluable assistance of brave Partisans. Logan’s final rescue came about as a result of a Royal Air Force operation utilizing Douglas Dakotas (the British version of the C-47 Skytrain) and covering Supermarine Spitfire fighters.
After the war Edward Logan became an airline pilot and aviation administrator. He lives in Hendersonville, NC. The title of his engrossing book is Jump, Damn It, Jump!
The author (John Stemple) thanks Edward F. Logan, Jr., for his correspondence and cooperation.