June 20, 2013 - Along with an awesome collection of World War II aircraft, the Texas Flying Legends Museum will bring a number of WWII veterans to AirVenture in a C-53 transport. Here is the fourth in our series of profiles of those veterans, World War II and Korean War pilot Vic Tatelman.
Vic was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program of the United States Army Air Corps in October 1941. He was assigned to the 345th Bomb Group flying B-25s. He flew overseas in early 1943 to the Southwest Pacific Theater - first to Australia, then in the New Guinea campaign, the Philippines, and finally to Okinawa at war's end. He was credited with 119 combat missions.
After the war, Vic was assigned to the Air Communications service until 1947, when he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War. He flew F-86 Sabrejets with a fighter bomber group in Korea. He retired from the Air Force in 1965 after 24 years of military service.