Travis R. Venters

Travis R. VentersBadge-pilot
Second Lieutenant, USAAF



Army Serial Number O-827094
MOS code 1092 (Pilot, B-24) [1]

Born on 23 April 1920 in Badin, North Carolina, and died at the age of 24.
He was registered in the second draft on 1st July 1941, when he was 21 years old. At the time, he is reported to be working as a motor repairman at the Carolina Aluminum Company (owned by the ALCOA group from 1915).
Travis also attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he was studying to be an engineer, so he could fly [2].
When he went to war, Travis left his wife Martha G. Meigs Venters [3].
Entering duty on 5 June 1942, Travis had been initially assigned to the 460th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 763rd Bombardment Squadron. He had then been transferred to the 885th Bombardment Squadron on 11 September 1944 to fly special secret missions [4].
He flew twelve special missions with the 885th BS totaling over 96 hours of combat time [5].

[1] Military Occupational Specialty code.
[2] Additional personal details reported in this section have been kindly supplied by Mr. Travis Venters Jr., USA, son of the late Lt. Venters.
[3] Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Schedules, Fifteenth Census of the United States, USA, 1930.
[4] MacCloskey (1945), Transfers of Personnel Report, September 1944, p. 2.
[5] NARA, RG 18, E 7A, box 3675. 885th BS, Office of the Operations Officer, report of 21 Oct 1944.