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||Gelatin print of Searl "Spud" Pickett.
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||Bust view of Searl "Spud" Pickett. He is wearing an A-2 leather flight jacket, officer's garrison cap and radio headset.
Searl "Spud" Pickett was born in Wautoma, WI, the son of George E. and Marion Pickett. The family moved to Oshkosh circa 1929 where Searl graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1936 He attended Oshkosh State Teachers College for one year. He enlisted in the Army in November 1941 and played in the infantry band. He transferred to the Army Air Force and trained as a pilot on B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers. He married Helen Nintzl on February 13, 1943 in Oshkosh. He began flying bombing missions out of England with the 8th Air Force in April 1944 and flew almost every day. He was listed as missing in action on May 8, 1944 over Germany. He was captured and interred in a prisoner of war camp in Stalag Luft 7A in Mooseberg, Germany. He was liberated by the 14th Armored Division on April 29, 1945 along with three other Oshkosh men: Joseph Nigl; Dale Thompson; and William Langenfeld.
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World War II
United States Army Air Force
Missing in action
European Theater of Operations
||Searl "Spud" Pickett
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