When Robert Bean started his military career he reported to Ft. Bragg North Carolina in order to obtain transportation to San Antonio, Texas.
This was during the summer of 1943. At this time he was pointed aviation Cadet in ground training before he can start his flying training. After completing the ground training he was assigned at Cuero, Texas for primary flying training. He then soloed an aircraft in about 8 hours. After completion of that training he was transported to Randolph Field, Texas. After completing this school he was assigned to Moore Field in Mission, Texas. At this school he flew T-6's and P-40. After checking out in the P-40, which was their primary fighter aircraft, he was then ready to graduate as pilot in class 43-E. After a 10 day leave he was then ready to move to the pacific ocean area in Hawaii. He was then assigned to the 42nd Bomb Squadron as a B-24 co-pilot, flying against the Japanese. After completing his overseas tour he flew combat in the B-24 as co-pilot and his tour was complete and he was transfered back to the United States. Robert was asked what he wanted to do as far as continuing flying, he said he would like to go through training again for fighter aircraft in Mississippi. He was then checked out in P-51's and P-47.Back to Vets Page