Submitted by: Kevin Proff
Phone: (310) 3868163
Name of Senior Community: The Canterbury
Address: Street Address: 5801 Crestridge Road
City: Ranchos Palos Verdes
State, CA
Zip Code: 90275
Country: United States
Phone: (310) 541-2410
Recipient Name: William Balch
Recipient’s Biographical Informaton: He became a commercially licensed pilot after the service, and has approximately 3400 hours air time. He licensed to pilot both single- and multi-engine planes, planes design for both land or sea landings, and instrument-rated aircraft.
Branch of Military Served: Army Air Corps
Dates Served: 1943 to 1945
Military Rank: Three Times Private First Class
Highlights of service: He was considered and rejected for promotion three times. He served on kitchen police, and crewed on a bamboo bomber, a B-25, and a B-26. He received unofficial flying lessons on weekends from pilots, and accrued approximately 50 hours air time. He also received 1 year of technical university education.