Lt. William Badgley Student Officer Class 44-12 Bombardiers
School Victorville Army Air Field, CA
Badgley, Dayton Washington, enlisted in October of 1942. He was
assigned to Anti- Aircraft Artillery. He was later selected for
Officer Candidate School and graduated a 2nd Lieutenant in August
1943. He graduated from Pre-Flight School in Apr. 1944, and from
Bombardier School in Sept 1944.
Oct, he was assigned to the 39th BG, 60th Bomb Squadron. Initially
he served with crew 8 then was reassigned to crew 5, but finished
combat crew training and went to combat with Crew 7. He was relieved
from active duty in Dec 1945.
reenlisted in April 1946 and served as Financial Technical Clerk
...He was recalled to active commissioned duty April 1948 as Radar
Observer, 72nd Strategic Recon Squadron (B-50's) at Ladd AFB Alaska.
He served in several positions, eventually becoming Resident Auditor,
and Supervisory Auditor at 8 different stateside and overseas
bases until retirement as Major in July 1964.
Bill and Elsie Badgley
leaving active duty, He worked as a Civil Service Supervisory
Auditor at Offutt AFB in Nebraska and Headquarters Air Force Audit
Agency directly responsible to the Comptroller of the Air Force.
He retired from Civil Service in 1979.
and Elsie were married in Alaska in 1949. They have 3 children;
born in Massachusetts, New York and Texas. Bill says Elsie persevered
through a "nearly permanent transient status" for the first 17
years of their marriage, 10 relocations during that period. As
Bill says, "She truly put in her 30 years with the USAF."