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George W Morse


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 Listening Out publication and was very involved with the other cadets.

Following his graduation from 5 BFTS, he was based in England and, as 2nd Lieutenant, was shot down returning from a mission to Berlin and became a Prisoner of War.



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11 January 2017 13:45:14 Anne Hughes Changes to biography

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11 January 2017 11:57:24 Anne Hughes Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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