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Legacies Project Oral History: Larry Millben

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:06am

Lt. Col. Larry Millben was born in 1936 in Detroit. His parents immigrated from Chatham and Windsor, Canada. Fascinated by airplanes from an early age, he was one of only a few Black students to attend Aero Mechanics High School (now Davis Aerospace Technical High School) in Detroit in the early 1950s. Millben went on to become an aircraft mechanic, a military avionics officer, and base commander of Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Prior to his military career, he also worked in research and development in the private sector. He married his wife Jeannie in 1959, and they have three children.

Larry Millben was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

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22
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September
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1939
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Willow Run Reservists Being Sought

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30
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January
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1956
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Mechanics Of Air Force Reserve 472nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron Study Jet Engines In Active Duty Training At Selfridge Air Force Base, August 1956

Mechanics Of Air Force Reserve 472nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron Study Jet Engines In Active Duty Training At Selfridge Air Force Base, August 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 17, 1956
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AIR RESERVISTS TRAIN: The 472nd Fighter-Bomber Reserve Squadron based at Willow Run Airport is currently undergoing two weeks of active duty training at Selfridge Air Force Base near Mt. Clemens. Here, mechanics of the reserve unit attend a classroom session dealing with the jet engines of the F-84 planes which the squadron flies. Some 100 enlisted men and officers of the 472nd are currently taking the active training, together with two other reserve units of the parent 439th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

Pilots Of Air Force Reserve 472nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron At Willow Run Chat During A Break At Selfridge Air Force Base Summer Training, August 1956

Pilots Of Air Force Reserve 472nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron At Willow Run Chat During A Break At Selfridge Air Force Base Summer Training, August 1956 image
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Ann Arbor News, August 17, 1956
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WASHTENAW PILOTS CONFER: These four Reserve jet pilots, all members of the 472nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron at Willow Run, take time out during their two-week summer training period to confer with Maj. Phillip G. Kuhn (left) of Wyandotte, World War II flying ace who is reserve commander of the 472nd. The pilots are (left to right, on ground) Lt. John P. Wenzelberger of Ann Arbor, Lt. R. C. Newcomb of Ypsilanti township and Lt. Donald J. Keune of Ann Arbor. Standing on a ladder by an F-84 jet is Lt. James Sutton, also of Ypsilanti township.