Foster McEdward flew DC-3s, DC-4s, and C-46s over the Hump with the Army Air Corps from June, 1943 to January, 1945, flew with CNAC from mid-1946 to 1948, and with CATC in 1948 and ’49. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont, he’s currently 90-years old, and his daughter, Pennie McEdward-Rand, hooked him up with a copy of China’s Wings. Her recent email said that her father, “thoroughly enjoyed” the book, and that he “could recall all the names and places you mentioned in the book. It was a treat for him to read this at the end of his life. He said that of all the books written about the airlift, yours is by far the most well documented and most interesting.”
That’s high praise indeed, and I’m grateful to Pennie for sending along the good news. She also included these two excellent photos of Foster at his home in Vermont. One of his friends made the painting more than 20 years ago.