Martin C. "Marty" Haedtler Biography
Marty Haedtler had a way of setting men in motion and giving understanding to what loyalty meant. Many Chicago area activities continue because of his inspiration.
Marty flew P-39's over Guadalcanal in the early days of the war. After an encounter with the Japanese while on a patrol over the islands, Marty made a forced crash landing that had him hospitalized for several months.
Marty was never to regain his medical because of permanent heart and lung damage, though outwardly he appeared to be mended. Marty put all his energy in airplanes and airplane activity. He bacame an early EAA director, was co-founder of the Midwest Regional Air Show, (incorporated as "Chicago Sport Aviation, Inc." with Chapter 15, 86,95 & 101), built two airplanes, (a Wittman Tailwind and the Morraine Saulnier), and was the force behind buying the 1946 Taylorcraft.
Many Chapter 15 members learned to fly in it. Marty would usually go along as a check out pilot, which gave him the excuse to fly.
Marty was a calm pilot and a good confidence builder. On one day, a fresh pilot named Andy Marinellie and Marty as co-pilot were taking off when the engine quit. Andy tried to defer to Marty's experience but Marty popped back -- "it's your airplane Andy, you bring it in." Andy set it into a bean field and after they paid ransom for a few bushell of lost beans, the farmer released the undamaged airplance.
Marty married Ruth and they raised three children, John, Lynn and Laurie.
All too soon, his war injuries overtook him and Marty passed away on March 10, 1971.
Since then, the CAP renamed “Wings” Field, “Haedtler Field”. The field is located on the Chicago sectional.
The Taylorcraft got overturned in a windstorm but was to be replaced later by a 150 Cessna financed interest free, by a Haedtler supporter, Ed O'Connor. The Air Show, the Annual Dinner, and Fly-in Breakfasts continue. The Chapter went on to lease a building for meetings and aircraft building. Four airplanes were built in the building and at least two were rebuilt/restored.
The Tailwind is now in Marty's garage waiting for a new cover and Morraine is waiting for work in the Chapter building.
In recognition of Marty's inspiration, his teaching ability in teamwork, the fostering of unselfish attitudes, the MARTY HAEDTLER MEMORIAL AWARD was created.
|GERALD MASSEY, LOU SENO||2007|
|PETER J. SOTICH||1994|
|TED & ELLYN CRAWFORD||1993|
|GENE, CHERYL WITH MAGIC 1||1989|
|H, H. “PETE” MEYERS||1981|
|GEORGE S, THOR||1979|
|GEORGE J. LINKIS||1976|
|R. W. BUSHBY||1973|