Harry Everett Stiltz


    My Father, Harry Everett Stiltz joined the Navy at the age of nineteen on October 10, 1942. Before that he had been employed at Florence Pipe Foundry in Florence, NJ where he had been working since January of that year. At the factory he had been a press operator involved with making aircraft. It was probably this experience which led him to state a preference for becoming an aircraft mechanic and which resulted in his being trained in that field.

     Harry went into the Navy in Philadelphia and then was sent to Newport Rhode Island for training.  He then went to Memphis, Tennessee where he learned aircraft maintenance.  After that he went briefly to Norfolk to await assignment.  He then was assigned to Headquarters Squadron Fleet Air Wing Two (HEDRON FAIR WING TWO) where he worked on the Aircraft metalwork.  With that unit he served in the Pacific. I do not know the details of his work but I know he spent time in Hawaii.

     After his overseas service he returned to America, being assigned for a time to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and to NAAS Cecil Field. He was honorably discharged on three years three months and thirteen days of service on January 20, 1946 with the rank of Aviation Mechanics Mate Third Class.


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