Montana State College
There was no ambiguity about what men of George Wallis’ generation would be doing after college.
Pre-World War II football teams at Montana State College, now Montana State University in Bozeman, suffered a tragic number of wartime casualties that grew into a legend.
Wallis once flew a forming ship, “Fearless Freddy,” which was a brightly painted, stripped-down B-24 that took off and flew a racetrack pattern firing flares to attract the other planes in the group into formation until the real lead ship got in position. Then, the forming ship returned to b…
George Wallis of Billings posed in his U.S. Army Air Corps uniform during World War II. Wallis, a member of the Montana State College ROTC, went into the Air Corps in 1942 after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.
George Wallis hangs a framed collage of a forming ship he once flew. The stripped down B-24 took off and gathered other B-24s into formation before heading for Germany.
George Wallis of Billings played football on the 1940 and 1941 Montana State College teams that sustained high casualty rates during World War II. Wallis graduated in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
George Wallis of Billings played for the Montana State College Bobcats in 1940 and 1941. Several of his teammates were killed during WWII, giving the MSC team one of the highest wartime casualty rates in the country.
George Wallis, standing at right, was a B-24 pilot based in northern England with the 446th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, during World War II. Wallis, who flew 21 missions, is pictured here with his crew.
George Wallis played for the Montana State College Bobcat football team before graduating with a mechanical engineering degree in 1942. Like many of his classmates, he was in ROTC and joined the U.S. military immediately after college.
George Wallis flew B-24 bombers with the 446th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, during World War II. For more than half of his 21 missions, Wallis flew as the pilot of the lead plane in the formation.
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