Title: Floyd Edwin Wilhelm

Description: Portrait of Captain Floyd Edwin Wilhelm who was born October 7, 1922 in Jonesboro, Illinois, son of William and Alice Wilhelm. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II for more than four years and carried out Berlin Airlift missions, attached to the 317th Troop Carrier Wing. He served nine months in the Korean War. He was the first pilot in charge of an R.B. 45 to fly a non-stop jet from San Francisco to Japan unescorted, making the trip in September 1951. He lost his life October 20, 1952 while giving jet training, leaving a wife Delilah and five children.

Date: circa 1950

Item Type: Photograph, b&w, 4.25 x 6 in.

Collection: Gold Star Mother's Legion Scrapbook (SC68)
See finding aid: http://www.kchistory.org/u?/Local,37095

Location: SC68, p.75

Subject: World War II; Air pilots; Military air pilots; War; Soldiers;

Local Subject: Gold Star Mothers of Kansas City;Wilhem, Floyd E.; Korean War;

Digital Format: JPEG

Barcode: 10020641

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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