Milton Erdmann, former B-24 Liberator pilot, describes his experiences flying during World War II. I met Milt at a church outing when he sat across from me wearing a B-24 ball cap which, of course, started our conversation. On 9-11-42 while attending Michigan State University Milton enlisted in the Army Air Corps to be trained as a pilot. He continued his senior year in college while he was inactive, in reserves, until he graduated from MSU in 1943. Milt had joined to become an Aviation Cadet with hopes of becoming a pilot. He then wound up at Clemson University where he got 10 hours in a 60hp Piper Cub after spending 4 weeks in Miami Beach for basic training. After some testing he was sent to a civilian flying school for training in an open cockpit Stearman… and it was his most fun flying. It was a great aerobatic aircraft and a real joy to fly. In March of 1944 he completed his multi-engine training in an AT10 (Twin Beech) and got both his flying wings and his 2nd Lieutenant bars. By this time he had something around 150 hours and by the time he completed his flying career he had something on the order of 800 hours. Listen as Milton discusses his experiences in the B-24 with me in this fascinating podcast. [audio mp3="https://all-things-aviation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Milton-Erdmann-Interview.mp3"][/audio] Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White •