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June 3, 2013

Paying tribute to World War II flight instructors

OSKALOOSA — Arden Wilson writes about what he knows.

Wilson's book, “They Gave You Wings” was recently published and is now available on amazon.com.

The book includes a fictional story within the real-life historic context of World War II. It centers around the pilot training program during that war and is meant as a tribute to flight instructors of that era, according to Wilson.

“This is more or less a tribute to the civilian flight instructors that taught and all the other military instructors, too,” said Wilson, adding that this includes Navy, Marine, and Army Air Corps that trained students. “It's a tribute to all of them.”

The title of the book, “They Gave You Wings,” really says it all. A portion of the book speaks to the value of the flight training, as well as a need to remember those who did not return from combat alive.

“They gave you wings by teaching you,” said Wilson.

Wilson said he wrote the first copy of the book in the late 1980s. By 2009, his daughter and her husband encouraged Wilson to pursue getting the book published.

“So, it worked out,” Wilson said.

Wilson has his own World War II experience to speak of. He was in the Army Air Corps, stationed North Carolina. This is where he received his flight training.

After the war, Wilson instructed civilians at an Anderson Air Base in Malden, Mo. He was there for eight years.

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