Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Air Force Transfer - 1963

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday
Air Force Transfer
1963 - 50 Years Ago

Lt. Bill Smith, at work in radar trailer

The Coon Rapids Enterprise
Thursday, October 31, 2013, page 5

50 Years Ago
October 17, 1963

First Lt. William L. Smith has been transferred to St. George, Utah from Winslow, AZ, as part
of Detachment 9, 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron (Saco USAF).

Lt. Smith is second in command of the 80-man unit whose mission is to score electronically simulated bomb runs by Strategic Air Command B-58, B-52 and B-47 bombers. During the coming months, Lt. Smith will be engaged in training twenty-five new men in all phases of the detachment operations.

Lt. and Mrs. Smith and their daughter, Annette, 3, will make their home in St. George, Utah.

Lt. Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leverne Smith of Coon Rapids. Mrs. Smith is the former Nancy Bolger. Both graduated from the Coon Rapids High School in 1957.

Families are Forever! ;-)


  1. There's a wealth of information in that write-up, Bill. And the photo is priceless! (looking good there). My Dad worked on the early radar in Halifax area during WW2 - wish there were any photos of where they worked... what it looked like inside... I'll have to see if there's anything in Library & Archives Canada perhaps. Great post, as usual!

  2. Thanks, Celia. Yes, we worked in semi-trailer vans adapted to the specific use. Radar antenna on some of them, where the men worked. We also had similar facilities on railroad cars, there were moved around the western USA to simulate potential targets "over there" - I did several temporary duty stints on those trains. ;-)
    So valuable to have photo images of folks at their work! ;-)

  3. Something special is going to happen in St George in about 5 months, March 1964!!! ;-)

  4. Fifty years ago.... that no longer seems that long ago to me!

  5. For Sure, Allison, right there in the shadow of the Temple! A very special place, time, event, and person arrived in our lives!!
    Yes, Annette, just an eye-blink ago... ;-)