About the Authors
COL. HAROLD D. WEEKLEY, USAF (RET.)
Col. Harold D. Weekley, USAF (Ret.), was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. At the completion of flight school, Weekley was sent to Sebring, Florida for B-17 Transition Training. On August 4, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Miss Wilma (Billie) J. Wigginton of Steubenville, Ohio. Weekley went to England in mid-1944, where he was assigned to the 601st Bomb Squadron of the 398th Bomb Group (Heavy) at Nuthampstead, before being shot down by flak. He successfully evaded capture for three weeks hidden by the local French people until he escaped to friendly lines and was returned to the United States.
After the war, Harold Weekley remained in the U.S. Air Force and retired as Colonel. After retirement from the Air Force, Weekley worked with the Federal Aviation Administration for fourteen years in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Since his retirement from the FAA, Weekley has acted as Captain on worldwide air carrier operations, worked for several years as an aviation consultant and volunteered as a pilot on the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17G Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast. Today, Harold Weekley enjoys his retirement with his wife, Billie.
JAMES B. ZAZAS
James Zazas grew up in aviation-rich Indianapolis, Indiana, where the model airplanes of his youth quickly gave way to flying real Cessnas, Pipers and Stearmans. Following four years at DePauw University where he graduated in 1977 with a B.A. degree in Political Science, Zazas was commissioned through the AFROTC program at Indiana University and subsequently flew the Lockheed C-130E/H Hercules transports at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. Zazas separated from the U.S. Air Force in 1984 and joined Piedmont Airlines as a pilot. Today, he flies the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767ER for US Airways.
Zazas calls Carthage, North Carolina his home and he devotes much of his free time flying a wide variety of World War II for various museums and organizations around the country, including his own vintage aircraft. Other hobbies include writing, researching aviation history, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and collecting, restoring and displaying vintage aircraft engines and World War II-era flight clothing and equipment. Previous books he has written include Visions of Luscombe – The Early Years.
The Last of the Combat B-17 Drivers is his first collaborative effort.