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Captain Colchagoff Studies Volcano Which
by Marie Bollinger
Little did Capt. George D. Colchagoff, Toledo, know when he left his engineering
studies at the University of Toledo for a brief holiday in Mexico City
some years ago that he would be down there again in 1945 in line with military
duties studying what had been of great interest to him as a tourist, the
newly-born Paricutin volcano.
LARGE FAMILY NO BAR TO SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Colchagoff with her husband and six children
Mother Wins Degree, Honors
Quit School For Lack Of Funds, Returned
A mother with a family of six children was
awarded a degree it took her 12 years to earn at the University of Toledo
commencement last night.
The Toledo Times
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1958
News Of This And That
BY BETTY MARSH
The visitors are Mrs. Clyde Sussex and daughters Gail, 11, and Robin, 6, and son, Mark, 8, of Tampa, Fla. They are guests in the Holland home of Mrs. Sussex's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Demeter Colchagoff of Crissey Road. Mrs. Sussex is the former Mary Ellen Colchagoff.
The Floridians motored here to attend the wedding today of Beth Hamm and Mrs. Sussex's brother, Robert Colchagoff, Crissey Road, who will exchange nuptial vows at an afternoon ceremony in First Unitarian Church, with a reception following in the home of the bridegroom-elect.
Joining in a family gathering planned for tomorrow will be the Sussex children's paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sussex of Jackson. Mich., who will motor here to spend the day in the Demeter Colchagoff home.
Also expected to attend are Clyde Sussex's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sussex and his brother-in-law and sister, the Philip Conleys, all of Jackson.
It's a tree, all right, but not the usual conception. Demeter Colchagoff looks into the hollow tree that forms a kind of horn of plenty in some of the provinces of Bulgaria. Grandfather pours grain through the tree while the family gathers in the living room -- and the grandmother catches it in the bowl.
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TOLEDO, OHIO, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 1943
Souvenirs From Africa
WHAT THE well-dressed bomber pilot's wife will wear after the war is modeled here by Mrs. George Colchagoff, 217 Worthington St. Her husband, Captain Colchagoff brought the leopard and boa constrictor skins back from North Africa when he returned last week after 37 missions over enemy territory.
Toledo Pilot Brought Bomber
Won Flying Cross, Medal, 4 Clusters For
by ELISE McKAY
Song writers Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
obviously hadn't heard of a young Toledo flyer when they penciled "Comin'
In On a Wing and a Prayer" and started the juke box tills jingling.
On June 13 Captain Colchagoff proved it could be done.
"I was returning from a raid Catania," he recalled, "and ran into a little opposition. First one left motor went dead: then the other. We still had about 150 miles to go and the entire squadron was tailing me."
"But I decided to prove the worth of the B-24, even the B-24 with only two out of four good motors. I feathered the two left blades to prevent drag and limped back to base intact on a level keel."
He modestly added that he received the DFC merely because such a feat had never before been accomplished. The Distinguished Flying Cross is the highest award made to American airmen.
What about the Air Medal and four Oak Leaf Clusters the young pilot wears? "They came for special missions," he says, but Army officials define them as awards for meritorious achievement over enemy territory.
One such was the daring long distance attack on the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania.
Palermo, Naples, Suda Bay, Candia, Crete, Ploesti, Messina, and Tobruk--all are sharp in the haze of Captain Colchagoff's experiences.
Captain Colchagoff recalls the Ploesti raid as one of his most thrilling experiences.
"It was one of my longest trips. We flew in over the area so low that we fairly skimmed the ground. In fact, two ships in the squadron came back with corn stalks caught in their bomb bay doors.
"As we soared into the target, it seemed at first an open countryside, peaceful and serene and filled with only fields, barns, and haystacks.
"Suddenly sides of sheds fell down, haystacks opened up and hell broke loose. Cannons were rolled out and even the populace came forth armed with machine-guns.
Fountains of tracers pierced the sky. Orange and yellow lines of death darted among the bombers and mingled with the search lights darting up from the Sicilian city.
Another raid over Naples, gave the pilot the thrill of coasting over a huge pool of light formed as search lights reached their limit and became a part of a misty night.
Even nature schemed to aid the allies on one raid. The night was such that the captain's squadron flew over Naples blind. Vesuvius, the glory of Naples, shed light and guided the pilots so well on their mission they returned having made three direct hits that split three ships in the Naples harbor.
"With the help of Vesuvius" Captain Colchagoff reported gleefully, "we hit the jackpot blind."
His B-24. affectionately called "The Skipper" because, like the Toonerville Trolley, it was often off the track but managed to get back on, was all the good luck charm Colchagoff needed, he said.
Captain Colchagoff is visiting his wife at the home of her parents in 1541 Gould Rd. He is awaiting orders for further active duty.