8 October 1924 in Yonkers, N.Y.
Died: 12 January 2004 in Clearwater, FL
very young Dave's family moved to Valley Stream L.I., NY,
where he grew up. He graduated from high school, 1943 and
went right in the army. After the usual buffeting about, he
landed in aerial gunnery school at Tyndal Field, FL.
David Potters, LG
T/Sgt John J. Essig (R)
a gunner Dave was assigned to the 39th BG. He trained at Smokey
Hill Army Air Field until the weather got too bad in Dec.,
so to speed training the group was sent to Batista Field,
in Cuba. Dave and his crew 10 left Salina, KS right after
Christmas. Ten weeks later back in Kansas it was off to pick
up a brand new B29 at Herington Kansas then our long flight
flew 29 combat missions more than 500 hours, one that lasted
22 ½ hours nonstop, the longest nonstop mission of
WWII. The entire crew was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross for this feat. He was a valuable man on the airplane.
After the end of hostilities, he returned to Valley Stream
took up photo engraving. He went into sales and worked up
to top management in a national Sunday news supplement. In
1987, after 45 years of riding the Long Island, he retired.
He and his wife Marian moved to Largo, Fla. where he shoots
only par and birdies.