1st Lt. Sydney Allyn Story

August 24, 1922–September 5, 1944

Service #: *****
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: 2 years college
Occupation: *****
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Date: July 9, 1941
Enlistment Place: *****
Service/Unit: Army Air Force
Awards: *****
Burial: Merritt Cemetery, Jones County, Iowa

Story Promoted to First Lieutenant

Pecos, Texas, April—Second Lieutenant Sydney A. Story, of 201 Park Avenue, Anamosa, a flying instructor at the Pecos Army Air Field here, has been promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant. Lieut. Story, a former student at the University of Iowa, served eleven months with the Royal Canadian Air Force before joining the United States Army.

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, April 22, 1943

Sydney A. Story Married Sunday To Wisconsin Girl

Sydney A. Story, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Story, and Helen Elaine Richards, daughter of Mrs. L. E. Wetzel, Eagle River, Wis., were married Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Methodist parsonage in Pecos, Texas.

Mr. Story graduated from Lost Nation high school and attended the University of Iowa for two years. He was a member of the University basketball team while there.

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air force July 11, 1941, and was commissioned a Pilot Officer April 10, 1942.

Mr. Story transferred to the United States Army Air corps May 31, 1942. He served as an instructor at Lemore Field, Calif., until Sept. 1, when he was transferred to Pecos, Texas, as an instructor in the basic flying school there with the rank of second lieutenant.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, February 4, 1943

Lt. Story Receives Assignment

First Lt. Sydney A. Story, son of Oscar H. Story, Anamosa, has been assigned to Moses Lake Army Air Field, Moses Lake, Wash., a unit of the Fourth Air Corps. Lt. Story served one year with the Royal Canadian Air Force, receiving his commission April 11, 1942, before transferring to the Army Air Force. He was commissioned in the AAF May 27, 1942, and received his present rank April 7, 1943.

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, June 15, 1944

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Photos:Jim Christianson


Flyers Present At Memorial Honoring Victim of Accident

Memorial service for Lieut. Sydney A. Story was held at the Olin high school gymnasium Monday, Sept. 11. Smykil funeral home was in charge of arrangements, and Rev. J. K. Delahooke of the Anamosa Methodist church officiated.

Truax Army Air base, Madison, Wis., representing the Army Air Corps, provided the Guard of Honor, Firing Squad and Bugler, with Chaplain Orville H. McKay conducting military last rites at the cemetery. Anamosa and Olin posts of the American Legion assisted with the service, and the auxiliaries cared for the flowers.

Quartet Sang

Mrs. Kenneth Daniel, former English instructor of Lieut. Story read a poem often recited by him at patriotic events, entitled, "The Fool" by Robert Service. Male quartet, composed of Albert Ament, Leo Loyet, Irvin Hovet and Charles Alyea, sang the Army Air Corps song. Piano accompanist was Miss Myrna McCorkel.

Mrs. Alma Stuart furnished the music at the beginning and close of the service. Burial was made in the Merritt cemetery, northwest of Olin.

Came From Distance

Those from a distance who attended the service were Mrs. Sydney Story, Ontario, Calif, Lieut, and Mrs. Carl Gustaffson, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. L. E. Wetzel, Eagle River, Wis.; and Mrs. Ray Peterson, Lindsbourg, Kan.

Sydney Allyn Story, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Story, was born at Olin, Ia., Aug. 24, 1922. He received his education in the public schools of eastern Iowa, and was graduated from the Lost Nation high school in 1939. In high school he excelled in music, dramatics and athletics. He received all state recognition in high school basketball.

At University

He attended the state university at Iowa City for two years where he was a member of the university basketball squad. He had an absorbing interest in the radio, serving as sports announcer, news commentator, and announced a variety of university broadcasts.

During this time his interest in aviation grew, and Aug 24, 1940. he was granted a civilian pilot license at Hunter's field, Iowa City.

Service Recorded

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian air force July 9, 1941, and received his commission as Pilot Officer April 10, 1942. Lieut. Story was transferred to the United States Army Air force May 31, 1942. Since that time he served as an instructor in the following fields: Mather, Calif.; LeMoore, Calif.; Pecos, Texas; Chico, Calif.; Moses Lake, Wash.; and Ontario, Calif. He was commissioned a first lieutenant April 7, 1943.

Lieut. Story was married Jan. 31, 1943, to Miss Elaine Richards, Eagle River, Wis., at Pecos, Texas. Surviving are his wife, Elaine; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Story, Anamosa; three sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Gustafsson, Los Angeles, Calif.; Joan and Greta Story, Anamosa; a niece, Gail Gustafsson; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Merritt, Olin.

Source: The Anamosa Journal,Anamosa, Iowa, September 14, 1944