Truesdale, Francis Carlton, Sr., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 96th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kershaw, SC
Last Address
North Africa

Casualty Date
May 14, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 34, Site 4938

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight School82nd Fighter Group96th Fighter Squadron
  1934-1940, US Army (USA)
  1940-1940, US Army (USA)
  1940-1942, US Army (USA)
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, 82nd Fighter Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 96th Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1930-1934, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1943, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Francis Carlton Truesdale was born in Kershaw, South Carolina on November 3, 1913. After attending high school, he enrolled in Clemson University as part of the Class of 1934, majoring in Agricultural Chemistry. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (Infantry-Reserve) in 1934, and assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The U.S. Army Register of 1940 reports him at that duty location.

The Register also lists that he was a 2nd Lieutenant on 3 July 1937; a 1st Lieutenant on 3 July, 1940;and was promoted to Captain on 9 September, 1940. He transferred to the Air Corps on May 28, 1942, and underwent pilot training. While in Texas, he married Miss Catherine Pool of San Antonio.

In the Clemson University alumni annals, there is a reference to an accident report (43-7-24-5) in which he ground-looped a P-40 fighter at Bolling Field, Washington D.C.

He was assigned to the newly-activated 96th Fighter Squadron, and sent overseas, deploying in October, 1942. The unit was stationed in Algeria, and later Tunisia, escorting bombers to and from targets. No military records have been located for Captain Truesdale; however, his assignment at death would indicate he flew a P-40/P-47 aircraft. No MACR nor Accident report has been located. A notation in one source states his death was a non-battle death involving the crash of an aircraft, but this has not been verified.

His parents received word he had been killed in an aircraft crash while assigned to the 82nd Fighter Group, 96th Fighter Squadron. His body was later returned to the U.S. for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, where he lies in Section 34, Site 4938.
U.S. Army Register, 1934
U.S. Army Register 1938
U.S. Army Register 1940


 The 96th Fighter Squadron, in unit history records, indicate the unit was equipped with P-38-type aircraft in 1942, shortly before deploying overseas. None of the sources listed indicate Captain Truesdale flew a P-38; all reference aircraft of the P-40/P-47 types.

NOTE: Profile rewritten and updated on May 14, 2014 with new material found in additional sources.

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