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Thomas E Persinger

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Captain Thomas E Persinger was First Lieutenant, Operations and Engineering officer August 1941- August 1942 . He went on to Lakeland Florida and then moved to No 5 British Flying Training School at Clewiston from the beginning of the school in November 1942. He became Commanding Officer of the 70th Flying Training Detachment in 1943 at Layfayette Primary, LA, and later served at the Chinese Primary School in Lahore, India.

He completed his B-25 training in the CBI theatre and during the Korean War was Commander and Wing Operations Officer of 34th Bomb Squadron.

While based at Clewiston, Captain Persinger encouraged the decision to absorb American servicemen with the RAF students to balance the Lend-Lease account between the USA and the UK.

Captain Persinger autographed the 5 BFTS anniversary book.

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People

  • David Blackhall

    Military | Pilot
    David Richard Croft Blackhall was from Diseworth, Derbyshire, UK and arrived at No 5 British Flying Training School at Clewiston with the RAF students in 1942 to join Course 13. He shared a room with William Cushner at Riddle Field, Clewiston, while...

  • Eric Denham

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Eric was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, in 1922. His father, Major Stanley Denham, was an army officer with the York and Lancaster Regiment. In 1918 he went missing as he tried to join up in Halifax but was too young and had to return home. As soon as...

  • Charles Hopkins

    Military | Link Trainer Instructor
    Charles Jackson Hopkins was born in Chrisney, Indiana, on 21st September 1921. He later moved to Huntingburg, Indiana and graduated from Grade School to High School. On leaving school he was employed as a bookkeeper and then manager of a loan company....

  • Samuel Huston

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Born in Ohio, USA, Samuel Huston signed the 5 BFTS Anniversary book for No 5 British Flying Training School at Riddle Field, Clewiston in 1943. In a letter to William Cushner in 1992 he records the following memories: ...

  • John Jordan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot / Instructor
    John Jordan attended 5 BFTS (Course 13) from January-July 1943. ...

  • George Morse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    George W Morse from Massachusetts was one of the USAAF cadets who joined the RAF trainees at Riddle Field, Clewiston No 5 British Flying Training School. As he had worked for the Associated Press he was recruited as Assistant Editor for Course 13's...

  • George Renvoize

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Originally from London, England, G.A Renvoize joined the No 5 British Flying Training School Course 13 and used his artistic skills by publishing line-drawings and caricatures in the Fly Paper weekly publication. He was also recognized by J P Riddle as...

  • John Riddle

    Civilian
    Formerly a barnstormer and flying instructor for stunt pilots, John Paul Riddle was a pioneer in aviation history taking the controls only 17 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. His career in aviation had taken him from the Embry-Riddle...

  • G Tyson

    Military | Pilot / Manager
    G. Willis Tyson grew up in Manchester, England and came to No 5 BFTS at Riddle Field as General Manager in 1941. In the 1920’s he was a barnstormer in California for three years after his first solo flight in a Curtis “Jenny”. He later opened a flying...

  • John Ziler

    Military | Lieutenant | Link Trainer Instructor
    Carl Ziler served as a Link Instructor with No. 5 British Flying Training School at Riddle Field, Florida.

Units served with

  • 5 British Flying Training School

    5 British Flying Training School


    The 'Arnold Scheme' (1941-43) and the British Flying Training Schools (1941-45), with the co-operation of Squadron Leader Mills DFC and President Roosevelt, enabled the setting up of flight training in the USA for RAF pilots to train alongside American...

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Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 12:23:20 Anne Hughes Changes to biography
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5 BFTS Archive

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14 December 2016 12:21:41 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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5 BFTS Archive

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 12:20:19 Anne Hughes Changes to highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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5 BFTS Archive

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14 December 2016 12:10:30 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations
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Embry -Riddle The Flypaper

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2016 15:55:12 Anne Hughes Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname and nationality
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5 BFTS Embry Riddle The Flypaper

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