BILL L. DISBROW

MAJOR BILL L. DISBROW USAF RET. Age 96, peacefully passed away on June 8, 2012, in Wildomar, CA. Bill was born on September 23, 1915 in Oakland, California. He had his first airplane ride in a Jenny as a young boy and decided flying was his passion. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 and was flying B24s with the 15th Air Force in World War II completing 50 missions. He survived 7 missions to the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania, the graveyard of the 15th Air Force. He also flew in the Korean War, and after was a test pilot and squadron commander. Bill retired after more than 21 years of active duty. He was an investigator, high school mechanics teacher creating the first high school aeronautics program for the Los Angeles School District. He was a world-class snow skier and skied into his 90's, and loved ballroom dancing. He also wrote his autobiography titled, "On the Edge." He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is survived by his four daughters: Sherry Peterson (Brandt), Pati Kent (Art), Karen Williamson (Paul) of Huntington Beach and Gale Bjelland (Richard) of Canyon Lake, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He loved his family. He will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery, with full military honors.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on June 16, 2012