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Ernest "Bus" Loane
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Biography of Ernest Loane
Ernest William “Buster, Bus, Buzz” Loane, Jr.,
was born in Presque Isle, Maine on March 11th, 1917.
In 1939 he graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine, and
in 1940 he was commissioned as an 2nd Lieutenant in
the Army Air Corps Reserves at Kelley Field, Texas. He
served as a flight instructor in Texas prior to
resigning his commission to join the American
Volunteer Group in 1941.
In September of 1941, he left San Francisco
aboard the Dutch liner Zaandam bound for Rangoon,
Burma and finally Yunnan-yi, China as a flight
instructor for the Chinese Air Force.
Loane fought with the AVG as a wingman for the
1st Pursuit Squadron known as the “Adam and Eves”
until the group disbanded on July 4th, 1942. He
volunteered for an additional 2 weeks duty as the
transition from the AVG to the 14th Air Force was
At the end of July 1942, Loane joined the CNAC
and was checked out as a pilot on August 29, 1942. By
the end of the war, he had flown 226 ½ round trips
over the “Hump”. He piloted with CNAC until September
30th, 1947 having logged over 4000 hours in the C-46,
C-47, and DC-4 airplanes.
Loane then became a pilot for CAT and continued
flying in China until the communist takeover.
After returning to the States, Loane was hired by
the Flying Tiger Line and flew as a Captain until
retiring in 1977.
He passed on to “Hogitaw” in January 1978.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
posthumously in July 1991 for “extraordinary
achievement while participating in aerial flight in
the South China and Southeast Asia theater”.