Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and trained as a B-24 Radio Operator.
 In 1944, during a raid against an oil refinery near Vienna,
He was forced to "Bail Out" of his B-24 Bomber.  He became a German POW,
being held captive in Berlin until liberated by the British in 1945.
 Chief Airey retired from the Air Force in 1970 after serving for 28 years.
In a letter to "Bud" Vaughn dated 24 March 1998,
He Wrote:
 
 
 
 



Picture courtesy of :  Air Force Sergeants Association