Lincoln E. Behling and James F. Collins were promoted to captain , while 2nd Lt
Captain Lincoln E. Behling
with 2nd Lts.
...proceeded to Guadalcanal on December 31st , Captain Behling , B flight commander , was acting commanding officer
.On arrival one engine of Lt.Robert Wilmarths aircraft failed , but he
piloted the B-26 perfectly , and the landing was made without trouble.On that last day of 1942 the squadron arrived early in the afternoon tired and cramped from their four hour flight , and the squadron had missed a noon meal.Nevertheless , they were put on an immediate alert , and in less than two hours they took-off to bomb Munda airfield.Upon returning from the raid late in the afternoon , they were assigned a camp site.Down in the hollow which had been used for both a garbage dump and a Japanese burial ground , the squadron crawled in under salvaged marine tents.With the stench of garbage and decomposed bodies strong in their noses , the men and officers of the 69th spent their.first night on Guadalcanal
On January 7 , 1943 Captain Behling
crew were shot down over Rekata Bay while leading a flight of six planes.The other pilots were : Captain Long , Captain Lingamfelter , Captain Wright , Lt.Howbert and Lt.
With the possible e cepti n of their former commanding officer , Captain Burhus , the loss of Captain Behling
was the greatest shock sustained by the men in the squadron.Aside from being a superb pilot Captain Behling
was a natural leader and the guiding light in the squadron.A tall , handsome fellow with much mental ability and considerable personal charm , Captain Behling
was beloved by the officers and almost adored by the enlisted men.