Lincoln E. Behling and James F. Collins were promoted to captain, while 2nd Lt.
...Captain Lincoln E. Behling with 2nd Lts.
...Captain Collins became commanding officer and Captain Behling was appointed 'B' flight leader, vice Captain Collins. I
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 January 7, 1943 Captain Behling
crew were shot down over Rekata Bay while leading a flight of six planes.
At 3OO feet lOO# fragmentation bombs were dropped on the bivouac area and converging automatic AA fire scored direct hits on Captain Behling's
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.
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.Captain Behling's death cast the squadron in a state of gloom, and Captain Waddletion, the operations officer, became acting commanding officer.