FWA gets a unique set of wartime arte­facts from WWII US pi­lot’s daugh­ters

Malta Independent - - Front Page -

Fon­daz­zjoni Wirt Artna on Thurs­day re­ceived a rather un­usual set of wartime arte­facts in­clud­ing a US Air medal and other ef­fects that be­longed to US Army Air Corps Lieu­tenant Dr Jesse Herman Brewer Ju­nior from his daugh­ters Lisa Staap and Carla Brewer, who flew to Malta spe­cially for the cer­e­mony.

The ef­fects will be put on dis­play at the Las­caris War Rooms.

Long-time Waco physi­cian Dr Jesse Herman ‘J.H.’ Brewer Ju­nior was born on 14 Jan­uary 1920 in Sla­ton, Texas. He went off to col­lege at Texas Univer­sity be­fore en­list­ing in the Army Air Corps in mid-1941, with plans to en­ter ser­vice in spring 1942.

How­ever, his ser­vice was moved up af­ter the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bour by the Ja­pa­nese in December 1941. He even­tu­ally be­came a fighter pi­lot fly­ing the North Amer­i­can A-36 Apache and the P-51 Mus­tang in North Africa, Si­cily and Italy from April 1943 to December 1943.

He re­turned home af­ter con­tract­ing malaria in Italy.

Af­ter WWII he re­turned to Sla­ton and re­sumed his stud­ies in Texas where he at­tended the Univer­sity of Texas Med­i­cal School in Glave­ston, grad­u­at­ing in 1955.

As a fighter pi­lot Brewer saw ac­tive ser­vice over Si­cily and took part in the in­va­sion of that is­land which makes him of high in­ter­est to Fon­daz­zjoni Wirt Artna which is presently work­ing on the ad­di­tion of a large scale per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to Op­er­a­tion Husky – the In­va­sion of Si­cily at the Las­caris War Rooms.

Malta had played a key role in that cam­paign which had given start to the lib­er­a­tion of Europe on 10 July, 1943.

The Fighter Op­er­a­tions room at the Las­caris War Rooms was used to co­or­di­nate the bulk of the air forces cov­er­ing the in­va­sion.

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