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Dovie B. Syfrett, Jr
Recent Address: Albany, GA
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Family Information: Parents: Dovie and Gussie; Wife: June; Children: D. Bryant and Stephen
Hometown: Rowesville, SC
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Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 792nd
Location of Unit: Kharagpur, India
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Rank Upon Discharge: Major
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63460 - Lassie Too
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
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Post-WWII Military Service:
He was next stationed at Roswell Army AFB, Roswell, NM as a flight instructor, where he was sometimes allowed to fly small groups of nurses and other military personnel to March Field at Riverside, CA, for weekend furlough. It was on one such trip that he met his future bride, June Elizabeth Erwin. She was working in a bank in Riverside when they met on March 8, 1946, and after a brief, long-distance courtship, they were married at the Mission Inn in Riverside on May 17, 1946.

Within a few months Dovie was transferred to Rhine Mein, Germany where he was a communications officer. June joined him there 6 months later, and they were able to visit many places throughout Germany, Switzerland and France before returning to the US. Assignments at San Angelo, TX, Washington, D.C. and Formosa (Taiwan) followed. In 1955, Captain Syfrett was selected to join the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and he was initially stationed at Loring AFB, Limestone, ME. While at Loring, he piloted the B-36 "Peacemaker" and B-52 "Stratofortress" bombers. Life in SAC was tough, but Dovie enjoyed the Air Force life and was promoted to the rank of Major.

In July 1959, Dovie piloted one of the first four B-52's of the 4138th Strategic Wing that landed at Turner AFB in Albany, GA. The family moved to Albany where Dovie finished his military career in June 1964, retiring from the U. S. Air Force as a Command Pilot with over 20 years active duty service. He soon began a second career onboard MCLB Albany in the engineering section of the Repair Division where he spent another 20 years in service to his country.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Dovie was active in his family, his church and his community. After retirement from the Air Force he had more time to participate in varied activities such as Boy Scouts, where he was a Scoutmaster (Troop 8); the Hasan Shrine Masonic Lodge (33rd Scottish Rite Mason) where he was a member of the horse patrol in the mid-1960s; fishing trips to Ft. Gaines with the boys; active in the Georgia Republican Party; a particularly memorable month spent on a sliver of property along the Nantahala River in North Carolina in the summer of 1964, and many other events and activities. He loved woodworking, though he never seemed to find time to do much with it. He spent hours tending his yard, making sure all the shrubs and grass got plenty of water. He was always a perfectionist in everything he did – perhaps his engineering background coming out.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Dovie occasionally told the story about the ferry flight back to the U.S. when the pilot, a superior officer, decided to fly the B-29 under the Golden Gate Bridge! He always disavowed any involvement in that decision.
Comments:
Mr. Syfrett passed away September 10, 2011.

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