The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for September, 1942
DON RICHARD TOLAND, U.C.L.A. '41, Lieutenant
FRANK MALCOLM BENFTZ, Illinois
'39, a Pilot
in the U. S. Army Air Corps, together with
Naval Cadet Aften Smith, crashed in the desert
near Williams Field, Arizona, July 29, 1942.
Smith was killed, and Toland was badly injured.
Following is the story of the event as told by
Dick Hyland in his column in the Los Angeles
"Don's jaw was broken in three places, his
teeth driven into his mouth; his nose was broken
and smashed flat; he had enough cuts on his
face and head to necessitate the taking of eighty
stitches to sew them up; his eye was almost torn
out but, fortunately, later saved; he has a
gash ripped in one knee.
"And his companion needed help.
"Don Toland started for that help shortly
after midnight. In just over one hour he had
stumbled, crawled, cried, fallen, cursed and
prayed his way across rocks, cactus and gullies,
fences and fields, leaving behind him a trail of
skin and blood from his battered body. Ahead of
him, always, were the lights of Williams Field.
Behind him was his injured companion. Cadet
Smith. With him, always, was the beating, beating,
driving, ''I've got to get there. I've got to get
there. He needs help. Smith is hurt. I've got to
get there." Smith was dead but Don Toland did
not know that.
"Toland, according to advices from Arizona, is
recovering. His medicos state that while his injuries are severe, his condition is "favorable.''
We're glad of that.
"We've seen Don Toland crashing headlong
into the tackling dummies on the Bruins'
Spaulding Field time and again. We've seen him,
occasionally, do it so badly that the heavy
dummy jarred him down to his toes. He got up,
shook his head, immediately took his turn in
line to do it again.
"It is quite easy to picture .him, with the same
motions, the same spirit that urged him to get
up out of the tackling dummy pit, spit sawdust
from his mouth and go at it again, dragging
himself up off that desert rock floor upon which
his plane had crashed. He spit teeth from his
mouth this time and the jar was worse than any
tackling dummy had ever given him. But his
training was to get up, his habit was to get
going when a job was to be done. ."
Officer in the R.C.A.F., has been awarded the
Distinguished Flying Gross. As a sergeant pilot
he was a captain of a plane which attacked
Naples one night in October 1941. The citation
"After a successful attack the port engine began to fail, when Benitz on a course for his
base discovered several bombs still hung up.
Although the defective engine gave little power
and caused the plane to lose height, Benitz
changed his course for an alternative target and
ENSIGN GEORGE ARTHUR MEIHAUS, JR., Indiana
'40, formerly associated with the Link-Belt Company, has been named Division Officer of the
Naval Training School for electricians. University of Minnesota. new school, recently
opened on the university campus, has accommodation for five hundred students who will be
chosen as a result of a series of aptitude tests
given during recruit training. Following this
course of specialized study, these men will be
sent to sea for duty with the fleet, or to some
FRANK MALCOLM BENTTZ, Illinois '39
finally dropped the bombs on a heavily defended
area in Palermo.
"By this time the port engine had completely
failed when the plane was 4000 feet up. Benitz
headed his plane towards the coast in order to
avoid a mountain, and by fine airmanship succeeded in reaching his base and landing safely.
He showed great courage and determination."
Brother Benitz is the son of William Agar
Benitz, Illinois '11. Their home is in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, where the elder Benitz is engaged in ranching.
JOHN KENNETH BALLINGER, Ohio Wesleyan '23,
has been ordered into active service as a Captain
in the Army Air Service, and has reported at
Augusta, Ga. Captain Ballinger, widely known
as a newspaper man and tax analyst, formerly
was political editor of the Miami Herald. He is
the author of a book. Boom in Paradise, about
activity in Miami during the real estate boom
in 1925-26. He is a veteran of the first World