Not wanting to be drafted, Wadsworth Stone enlisted in the Army Air Force. After much training he was sent to England, then to France in 1944. Assigned to the 358th Fighter Group, 365th Fighter Squadron, his first missions were to help clear out the Germans in support of Patton’s advance. His squadron also provided air support during the Battle of the Bulge. Their mission area at first included Brittany and Reims but his squadron ended up covering eastern France to the Swiss border. Usually they escorted mid-range bombers to their targets and, altogether, Stone flew 118 missions. Stone’s last mission in Europe coincided with the last day of the war there. He had been sent to the Bavarian Alps to catch Germans trying to escape when he got the message to head back. He spent a month in Atlantic City, NJ on recuperation and could have been discharged but instead he and a couple of friends decided to join the war against Japan. With a couple of buddies they headed across country in a 1936 Ford sedan and got to Bakersfield CA only to hear of Japan’s surrender.

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