Lieutenant Merton J. Welton

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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Lieutenant Merton J. Welton.
Year Range from 1941
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Bust view of Lieutenant Merton J. Welton. He is wearing an officer's service uniform and hat. He wears officer's "US" collar insignia and Air Force lapel insignia. He also wears a pilot's qualification wings on his left breast.
Merton J. Welton was born in Oshkosh, WI on January 6, 1922, the son of Merton E. and Theresa A. Welton. He graduated from the Rose Swart Training School in 1936 and Oshkosh High School in 1939. He attended the Oshkosh Teachers College for two years and obtained a pilot's license after training with Steve Wittman. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force in the spring of 1941. He trained at Kelly Field, TX, Chicasau, OK, Randolph Field and Foster Field, TX and became a pilot on B-25 "Mitchel" Medium Bombers. He was flying bombing missions out of North Africa when he was listed as missing in action on March 23, 1943 He was officially declared dead in May 1944. A letter from an eye witness said that Welton's plane had just bombed and destroyed an Italian freighter in the Mediterranean Ocean when they were attacked by two German fighters. Their plane turned over on its back and crashed into the ocean.
Object ID P2005.20.35
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Welton, Merton J.
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Title Lieutenant Merton J. Welton
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