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Local veteran served as combat aviator during World War II

Local veteran served as combat aviator during World War II

December 12th, 2011 by Jeremy Amick in News

Standing in his "Air Corps Corner," local veteran Bud Jones shared his story of flying 117 combat missions on P-40 Warhawks and P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II.

Throughout the years, many children have dreamed about a career in aviation.

In the case of local veteran Francis "Bud" Jones, circumstances born of World War II helped transition such a dream to reality.

Shortly after his graduation from Vienna High School, Jones began attending the University of Missouri in Columbia during the fall of 1941.

A couple of months later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Jones realized his educational pursuits would ....