I guess my boy, didn't make the cut! A relative that new a little something about bombers....is that within six degrees?
Stevens Point Daily Journal
Saturday, April 30, 1955
Lt. Col. Raymond Disher Heads Stratojet Production Committee
A former Stevens Point resident, Lt. Col. Raymond J. Disher, has been appointed chairman of the B-47 "Stratojet" production committee.
The committee, made up of representatives of the air force and the aircraft industry, co-ordinates the building of the giant bomber.
Colonel Disher, now stationed at Wichita, Kansas, is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Disher. He was born in Plover in 1921, graduated from St. Stanislaus Parochial school and the local high school, and attended Central State college for two years before entering the service.
The story of Colonel Disher's appointment to the chairmanship of the B-47 production committee is told in newspapers printed at the Lockheed aircraft plant at Marietta, Ga., the Douglas aircraft plant at Tulsa, Okla., and the Boeing factory at Wichita, Kans. All manufacturers of the Stratojet.
"Bomber of Today"
In one of the publications, Colonel Disher is quoted as calling the B-47 the most important plane in today's air force. "The B-47 is the bomber of today" he said "and is the airplane we would fight a war with if one should come up in the near future."
He termed the big six-engine plane "our backbone bomber for the next few years at least."
Colonel Disher has been in the air force since about a year before Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned in 1941, after training at Randolph and Kelly fields, Tex., and in the early days of war flew B-17 and B-24 bombers in the China-Burma-India theater. After 15 months, he was reassigned to the United States, to train B-24 bomber crews.
From 1944 to 1947, he served in command headquarters at Orlando air force base, Fla. After completing a course in industrial management at the University of Wisconsin, he was assigned to the industrial mobilization planning office of the munitions board in Washington D. C., where he served three and one half years.
Attended Staff School
He later attended the air command staff school at Montgomery, Ala., for six months, and then was assistant to the air material command deputy for production.
For six months prior to his appointment as chairman of the B-47 production board, Colonel Disher was assistant to Lt. Col. John R. Mayberry, who preceded him as chairman.