|K e n s m e n : 4 3 r d B o m b G r o u p (H), 5 t h A A F|
|Major Roger "Ket" Roger Kettleson
Squadron: 64th Squadron -- 43rd Bomb Group Headquarters
Position: Pilot and Engineering Officer -- B-17 and B-24 The job was stressful, but interesting.
Served: Nov. 42 to Oct. 44
Originally from: Volunteered as Aviation Cadet in Iowa
Training: Lackland Air Force Base, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Perrin Air Force Base, Texas, and Lubbuck, Texas
Citations/Medals: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, South Pacific campaign ribbon.
Planes: Queenie, Jersey Skeeter
Number of Missions: 55
Description of Missions: Out of Australia and New Guinea, over the South Pacific. Missions were long, weather wasn't always the best, and returning to base over the mountains was sometimes a challenge.
Most poignant, sad or touching memory of the war: Losing crew members
Funniest or most fun memory of the war: The "characters" we served with.
Any odd or strange memories from the war: Not really
Most heroic thing I saw or did: Rescuing men out of wrecked planes.
Where I was and how I celebrated when I learned the war was over: AT McClellan Air Force Base in California, my wife and I walked downtown Sacramento.
How having gone to war has affected me, what comes to mind when I think of the war: The appreciation of our country, and the freedoms we have. I was treated fine, and I had a pitcher of milk and a large bowl of salad to celebrate, at the Top of the Mark Hotel in San Francisco.
To future generations: Live the good life that you have, and treasure your freedom.