OLIVER S. GLENN (1918 - 2013)
(CNAC 1945 - 1949)
September 18, 2000
The CNAC Web Editor would like to thank Oliver Glenn for providing the following Biographical Sketch on his aviation career and especially the photos. Thanks Glenn!
Capt. Oliver Glenn received his aeronautical engineering degree from Oregon State University June 1940 and entered flight training at Pensacola in Class 152C. Receiving his wings and commission in May 1941, he stayed at Pensacola as a flight instructor until May 1942. He was ordered to Patrol Squadron VP-61 commissioning at NAS Alameda, California operating PBY's. He flew in the Aleutian Islands from August 1942 until September 1943, participating in the Battle of Attu in May 1943. Leaving VP-61 in October 1943, he retrained in PB4Y-1's at NAS North Island, San Diego.
He was ordered to VB-109 at Apamama in the Central Pacific in January 1944, replacing the squadron's first of three combat losses. After this second combat cruise, he was ordered to flight instructor duty in PB4Y's in OTU-4 Miami.
Released to inactive duty August 1945, he became a co-pilot for TWA. Leaving TWA, he went to China to fly for a Chinese airline (China National Aviation Corp. affiliated with Pan Am.) He participated in the evacuation of Mukden, Peking, Tientsin, Shanghai and other cities ahead of the advancing communist armies. Returning to the U.S. in June 1949, he joined Lockheed as an aero engineer and retired June 1990, including 14 years in the "Skunk Works". Maintaining his Ready Reserve status at NAS Los Alamitos, he retired from the reserve in 1967.
He resides with his wife, Rosemary, in Burbank, California.
In 1999 as an effort to preserve some of the CNAC history, Oliver Glenn wrote a long letter to Christy Hanks, which can be seen and read here.
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