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Portraits of American Veterans Project By Jeanine Hill-Soldner
Bill Cullerton by Jeanine Hill-Soldner
William (Bill) J. Cullerton
United States Army Air Force, Ace Fighter Pilot
World War II, 355th Fighter Group, POW
Steeple Morden Airfield, England
Born in 1923, Chicago native Bill Cullerton went on to become one of the most celebrated ACE Pilots of WWII was credited with destroying 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 15 more on the ground and 9 damaged. He was himself shot down by flak on April 5, 1945, and was captured by a Waffen-SS Officer who shot him in the stomach and left him for dead. After being found by American forces, he was hospitalized and returned to the United States shortly after the war in Europe ended.
In later years he hosted the "Great Outdoors Show" on Chicago's WGN-Radio from 1979 to 1999. He was inducted into the International Sport Fishing Hall of Fame, the Illinois Military Aviation Hall of Fame, and he is enshrined in the Champlin Fighter Aces Museum in Mesa, Arizona. (1)
Home: Oak Park, IL.
(1) Military Times Hall of Valor www.militarytimes.com
Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 30" x 40" Price: Not For Sale