W. E. "Bill" Gernert Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
W. E. "Bill" Gernert, USMA 1942, commanded a squadron of B-24 Liberators in the Pacific during World War 2.  After the
war he held a variety of command and staff positions in the Air Force, principally in the Nuclear Weapons Program, for
the next 25 years.  He was appointed as the Air Force Director of Nuclear Safety and promoted Brigadier General in 1967.
His final assignment was as Deputy Commander, 22nd NORAD Region in North Bay, Canada .  His decorations included
the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medals (5) and Legion of Merit (4). His short snorter was submitted by
his son-in-law, Carl A. Janssen, Jr., Lt. Col. USAFR (Ret), who writes, "He flew in the Pacific and was shot down. They
were hit over Japan and decided to go out to sea rather than land in occupied China." Visit the
Strategic Air & Space
Museum  in Ashland, NE, to learn more about these brave Americans who protected our country during the Cold War.
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W. E. "Bill" Gernert at the controls of his B-24 Liberator bomber