Etsyl J. Sparkman Photo Collection 1943 – 1945
Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force
Background: Etsyl Sparkman of Springfield, Missouri, went into service
December 11, 1942. After “basic”, he trained as a communications
specialist at the Signal Corps training school in Davis, California and
was then transported to Port Moresby, New Guinea, and from there taken to
Dobodura to his assignment to the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th
Fighter Group, 5th Air Force in October 1943.
were two communication sections in the 9th FS. He assumed the
rank of Corporal at Dobodura and became a section chief (staff sergeant)
while still in New Guinea. He was promoted to “Tech” sergeant (E-7) as
he became the non-commissioned officer in charge of both sections, thereby
becoming “Communications Chief” for the 9th in the
Philippines. “Sparky” remained the 9th’s Communications
Chief from Lingayen Gulf, through Okinawa and Japan. He left the service
November 18, 1945.
Northern New Guinea (Dobodura; Gusap)
Here you see part of a demonstration of dance and games
given by New Guinea natives for the 9th FS.
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