Col. John H. Statts
Col. John Hull Statts,
USAF Ret., 89, of Gastonia, NC, died March 2, 2008. He was a native of
Elmira, NY, and was the son of the late Albert Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Hull
Statts. After a thirty year military career
beginning in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he retired in ceremonies at
Headquarters, Southern Communications Area (AFCS). He was presented the
Meritorious Service Medal having served as South Comm's
deputy chief of staff for flight facilities since July 1967. Colonel Statts began his military career in August, 1941, as one
of many American members of the RCAF. Following Pearl Harbor he transferred
to the U.S. Army and joined the aviation cadet program in September 1942.
During WWII, he flew 70 B-26 missions over Europe.
Squadron from 1962-66. The 17th
flies the only ski-equipped C-130s in the Air Force and has a unique mission
of supplying stations on the Arctic ice cap.