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This Day in Norwood History-January 19, 1945- Techincal Sgt Arthur C Webber Promoted to Master Sergeant

Technical Sergeant Arthur C. Webber of Norwood, engineer in the personal crew of the “Fightin’ 13th” AAF’s commanding general. In his assignment, Sergt. Webber is entrusted with keeping in perfect condition the four-engine plane which carries high-ranking officers to and from the 13th’s scattered advanced bases in the Southwest Pacific.

HEADQUARTERS. 13th AAF, Southwest Pacific—Arthur C Webber of Norwood, recently was promoted from technical to the highest enlisted rank of Master Sergeant at an advanced base of the “Fightin’ 13th AAF” in the Southwest Pacific.

Son of Roy C. and Mrs. Inez B Webber of 39 Phillips avenue. Norwood. Sergeant Webber recently completed 18 months service with the 13th AAF. the air force which has battled Jap airpower from Guadalcanal to the Philippines. This is the sergeant’s second tour of overseas duty. Previously he had served in the Panama Canal Zone from December 12. 1939. to November 8. 1942. He entered the Army in November, 1939.

Sergeant Webber is the first engineer on the air force commanding general’s plane. He is assigned to the flight section of headquarters of the‘‘Fightin’ 13th.” and is a veteran of the Northern Solomons and Bismarck Archipelago campaigns. Sergeant Webber is also authorized to wear the American Defense Ribbon for pre-Pearl Harbor service.

Before entering the Army he was employed by Frank’s Pure Food Market and Baker’s Motors. .Norwood.

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