Mr. Lindsey Sammons (Ret.)
L-bird pilot in the South Pacific
One of our L-birds researchers interviewed WWII liaison pilot Lindsey Sammons before he passed away in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Sammons grew up in rural Kentucky. His father died when he was only two years old, and he struggled through the difficult times of the Depression along with his mother and younger siblings. He eventually ended up going to college and soon, along with many other young men, was drafted into the Army. Before being drafted he had taken the Civilian Pilot Training Program through his first solo (that’s how far they would pay for your flight training), and had gone on and earned his pilot’s license.
Mr. Sammons is one of the pilots that was featured in the documentary from the ILPA called L-bird: The Little Plane That Did. He was also mentioned in an article by Gordon Baxter in Flying Magazine.
You can read some of his stories in the links below. The articles and photos below are his and were reprinted with his permission.
Pictures from Mr. Sammon’s collection: