GLANCE, TALBOT CARLYLE, Staff Sergeant, # 14149234, USAAF
Born 15 July 1921 in Buncombe County, North Carolina, Talbot C. Glance was the first of three children born to John Marin Glance (1901-1978) and Paron Jane (Meadows) Glance (1901-1974). His two siblings were Laura Louise Glance (1925-1995) and Bill Dow Glance (1930-2011). He attended Mars Hill College for two years before enlisting.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942 with a residence in Leicester, Buncombe Co., No. Carolina, age 20, stating he worked for his father. He described himself as 6’, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on 26 August 1942 in So. Carolina at Camp Croft. He had accumulated more than 200 combat missions over Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands (Asheville Citizen Times, 6 January 1945). He died in the crash of the B-24J. The bomber was shot down after a bombing mission over Insein, Burma. He is buried in the group grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. The same day upon which SSgt. Glance’s bomber was shot down, another veteran honored in the list of those lost on C-47B 3808 included North Carolina USAAF 2ndLt Everitt E. Briggs Jr., flying P-51 fighter escort (Rocky Mount Telegram, 31 December 1943) for that bombing mission. The Ashville Citizen-Times, 6 January 1945, reported that the parents of SSgt. Glance and others received awards in ceremonies.
The Asheville Citizen-Times, 9 December 1943, reported SSgt Glance was missing in action. It quoted the telegram received by his parents then added that he graduated from Leicester High School (1937) and Mars College (1939) and then was stationed at Camp Croft, South Carolina, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. He attended radio operator school at Sioux Falls, South Dakota then gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nevada. He had further training at Tucson, AZ, and finally combat training at El Paso, Texas.