EARL R. NORMAN (1920 - 1990)

(CNAC 1945 - 1949) (Captain ???)

April 11, 2001

I am the sister of Butch Norman. I would like to add his bio to your records. Butch was born in Ada, OK, in 1920. He attended Washington and Lee in VA in 1937 and 1938. On his summer vacation in 1938, he learned to fly and never recovered from it. He did not go back to school that year. Started crop dusting in 1939. In 1940 he was a civilian instructor for the Army. When the war started, the Army Air Force put him on duty that they would not release him from. He went on to teach and was check pilot during WWII. He felt he had missed the adventure of the war and when CNAC offfered an opportunity, he jumped at it. In Oct, 1945, went to India aboard the SS Marine Raven with Art Kininmonth and other CNAC employees. Lived in Calcutta, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. I have all his letters from the time he was there. Lots of adventures and friends. Carrying gold bars, cows on the airports, trips to the Philippines, and more than I can tell. Butch loved flying and at the time of his death, owned half interest in a crop spraying service in Texas. He had quit flying because he said his reflexes were not what they needed to be. He told his grandaughter just before he died that she should not consider him dead. He would be flying above her still.

Jane Norman Cox

Jane - Thanks for the information about your brother. I look forward to hearing from you again. Until then, thank you very much. Tom Moore

One of Butch's very close friends was Art Kininmonth.

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