EAA Chapter 15 Member

Martin C. "Marty" Haedtler

1920-1971

 
 

 

 

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 World War II. 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 of his energy in airplanes and airplane activities. He became an early EAA director, was co-founder of the Midwest Regional Air Show, built 2 airplanes (a Tailwind and the Morraine Saulnter), and was the force behind buying a 1948 Taylorcraft for EAA Chapter 15.

Many Chapter 15 members learned to fly in it. Marty would usually go along as a check out pilot - which gave him an 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, you bring it in." Andy set it into a bean field... and after they paid ransom for a few bushels of lost beans, the farmer released the undamaged airplane.

Marty Married and raised 3 children with his wife Ruth; John, Lynn and Laurie.

All too soon, his war injuries overtook him and Marty passed away on March 10, 1971.

In 1972, the CAP renamed 'Wings" field, located near Chicago Heights, IL , "Haedtler Landing Field". The field remained active until 1992, which at that time was turned in to a farm. The last remaining building is currently being used to store farm equipment.

 

N15MS-Moraine Saulnier Built by Marty Haedtler
Picture Circa: May 1972

 

In recognition of Marty's inspiration, his teaching ability in teamwork, the fostering of unselfish attitudes, the MARTY HAEDTLER MEMORIAL AWARD was created.

NEAL HOUBOLT 2010
GERALD MASSEY, LOU SENO 2007
LARRY FLOYD 2006
LYNDA PERKOWSKI 2005
CARL UNGER 2004
WILLIAM YARBROUGH 2003
JOHN BRUESCH 2002
BARNEY SIMUNICH 2001
ART JOHNSON 2000
CHRIS LAWSON 1999
MARTY THOMAS 1998
DON BLASING 1997
FRANK GOEBEL 1996
DAVE TICZKUS 1995
PETER J. SOTICH 1994
TED & ELLYN CRAWFORD 1993
HELEN FRY 1992
RICHARD FRY 1991
LARRY NONNIE 1990
GENE, CHERYL WITH MAGIC 1 1989
GENE LITILEFIELD 1984
ROBERT KOHNKE 1983
RALPH BALL 1982
H, H. “PETE” MEYERS 1981
RICHARD FRY 1980
GEORGE S, THOR 1979
DALE CRITES 1978
NICK REZICH 1977
GEORGE J. LINKIS 1976
CORNELIUS COFFEY 1975
F. TRUFUMCHUCK 1974
R. W. BUSHBY 1973
DAVE MAUR 1972