Scouts Hear From WWII Veteran

WORLD WAR II veteran Carl Planck (center front) is pictured with Troop 5, where he was inducted as an honorary Troop 5 member. Troop 5 is lead by Senior Patrol Leader Scottie Martin and Scoutmaster Jamie Maxwell. (photo by Tamara Hattersley)

WORLD WAR II veteran Carl Planck (center front) is pictured with Troop 5, where he was inducted as an honorary Troop 5 member. Troop 5 is lead by Senior Patrol Leader Scottie Martin and Scoutmaster Jamie Maxwell. (photo by Tamara Hattersley)

Carl Planck Also Worked With NASA

On Veterans Day, Troop 5 of Lexington had the opportunity to hear from a Boy Scout who went onto serve in World War II and work with the Apollo program.

Carl Planck, who spoke to the troop at Lexington Presbyterian Church, was born on July 12, 1918, and first joined the Boy Scouts in 1929 at age 11, where he had many adventures and learned a thing or two about survival. He attained the rank of Life Scout.

In World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force and flew P-38 fighters in the South Pacific with the 49th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, “Flying Knights.”

During one combat mission, a mid-air collision with a Japanese Zero led to months of survival for him on New Britain Island, a Japanese-controlled island.

Returning home after World War II, as a mechanical engineer, he worked with NASA and the Apollo programs. He was in Mission Control, Florida, when NASA astronauts of Apollo 13 experienced their life-threatening equipment failure in space. As portrayed in the 1995 movie “Apollo 13,” the NASA team’s efforts were successful in helping to save the astronauts’ lives.

Planck now lives in Rock-bridge County with his family.

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