Capt. C.D. Hamilton, ‘36 Called One of Greatest Air Aces

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According to the “Tulsa World,” Capt. C. D. Hamilton of Sapulpa, Okla., Class ’36, is at home after ten months of blasting the Nazis from Tu­nisia to Rome. As pilot of the “Elizabeth Ann,” he has been in ceaseless fighting, and he wears eight Oak Leaves, each one indicating five missions, or forty in all.When he left Europe, he was flying his fifth “Elizabeth Ann”. Four previous planes of the name were shot down. He once declined the Purple Heart in order to keep news of his se­rious wounds from his family. Capt. Hamilton has medals for participation in various cam­paigns and wears three stars, one each for the Pantellerian, Sicilian, and Italian wars. He has been recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross. His plane, the “Elizabeth Ann,” was named for his 14-months-old daughter. Her name still flies the skies. Perhaps no Western grad­uate has had a more thrilling air experiences than Capt. Hamilton.
Led Rome Raid
Capt. Denziel Hamilton entered the service in 1941. His flights took him over Labrador, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Scotland, Ireland, and England. In 1942 he hawked submarines over the Atlantic. He then joined the melee in North Africa, helped smash the Nazi forces there, and then took part in the crucial invasion of Sicily. As squadron commander, his plane led the first formation of bombers which raided Rome. On one of his missions, his squadron knocked down 29 planes. His famed ship, the "Elizabeth Ann," was photographed and used in a "Saturday Evening Post" article a few months ago. "The Tulsa World" said: "His ten months among the monster enemy javelins of the air appear unsurpassed for young Oklahomans. Craftiness, leadership, and combat precision are major points in Capt. Hamilton's aerial honors."

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