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George W. Prentice, Col., McChord AFB, Washington

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George W. Prentice, Col., McChord AFB, Washington
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2010 and Revised 23 Aug 2010

Update of 22 Aug 2010: George W. Prentice is tenatively identified as the son of George Prentice who is the subject of our Fall 2010 article entitled George Prentice of Canada and South Euclid, Cuyahoga Co., OH .

1. George W. Prentice was b. 25 Jul 1913. By email of 21 Aug 2010, John Casall advises that the CA Death Index says George was b. in OH. George d. 8 Dec 1950 in a plane crash. He was a Colonel, 325 AF FTR AW GP, and served in WW II. He is bur. in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, plot PF, 137

The NY Times Archives contains the following article about his death:

    Colonel Dies in Plane's Fall
    December 10, 1950, Sunday Page 59, 68 words

    McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., Dec. 9 (AP)--Col. George W. Prentice, commanding officer of the 325th All- Weather Fighter Group, based at McChord, was killed in a plane crash yesterday near Red Btuff, Calif., authorities here announced today. Colonel Prentice was on a routine training flight to Victorville, Calif., with Capt. William Athas, who bailed out of the F-82 twin-engined plane and escaped unhurt.

His death was also reported in the Oroville Mercury Register Oroville CA:

    Air Commander Dies In Red Bluff Crash

    McChord Air Force Base, Wash. – (UP) - One Air Force pilot was killed but another parachuted to safety when their twin engined Mustang fighter crashed near Red Bluff last night, Air Force authorities here reported today. Col. George W. Prentice commander of the 325th fighter all-weather squadron based here, was found dead 200 yards from the wrecked plane on a hillside. Capt. William C. Athas, 22, bailed out of the ship on orders from Prentice when the craft developed engine trouble in a thick fog.

Col. Prentice's 325th fighter all-weather squadron was originally part of the 475th Fighter Group in WW II. More about it's history in WW II and later can be found at 475th History and 325th Fighter Group .

George m., as her 2nd husband, Eugenie "Jeanne" Mathilde Duval. She was b. 14 Mar 1908, Houma, LA, and d. 10 Jan 1994, age 85. She is bur. with her father, brothers, etc. in Austin Mem. Park Cemeery, Austin, Travis Co., TX. She had been living in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. (Ref: John Casall, email, 21 Aug 2010.)

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