I am looking for anyone with information on my granduncle, Robert T. Fridley aka "Frid." He was in "D" flight in Primary Flight School at Visalia, California in November 1942. Then Santa Ana Army Air Base. Then "Basic" at Gardener Field, Taft, California. Then "advanced" at Marfa, Texas. He went to B-17 school at Roswell, N.M. On December 3, 1943 he was assigned to the 463rd Bomb Group in the 775th Squadron. He then moved to Drane Field at Lakeland, Florida. He left the U.S. from Morrison Field, West Palm Beach on February 16, 1944. His final operation base was at Foggia, Italy. He was in tent #31. Robert Fridley got his own crew on #105. His friend was Wayne Gibson. On June 14, 1944 Fridley's plane collided with Lt. Wacker's plane #845. Both planes were lost.
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I am currently transcribing letters from my granduncle from his days in training. Have one up from him already. I also have a letter written by Wayne Gibson who trained and served with him and witnessed Fridley go down.
Any information will be appreciated. Thanks.