p51 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "P"
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Pilot Name Biography Summary
Laurence C. Parfitt Recalled to active duty in 1950, he flew 100 fighter-bomber missions in the F-80 with the 51st Fighter Wing in Korea. Later, with various ADC fighter squadrons in the CONUS he new the T-28, T-33, F-86D, E, F and L. In 1954, on duty with the US Navy's famous VF -11 "Red Rippers," he accumulated 91 carrier landings in the F2H4 Banshee aboard the USS Coral Sea
John E. Parker Parker completed his second tour of duty after 37 ground support missions in Korea while flying P-51 's and wishing for a P-47 . He was a guest of honor, along with five of his 44-I classmates, at Craig Field during graduation exercises for class of 77-I
Edward T. Pawlak Survived a mid-air collision with another P-51 and also a dunking in the English Channel. Returned to the U.S. in Jan. 1947 and released from active duty as a Major. Remained in active reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel until retirement.
Frank S. Perego Flew 115 combat missions in P-47. Two E/A unconfirmed air-to-air, one E/A destroyed on ground. Group received Presidential citation for destroying over 500 vehicles in one day.
Cletus W. Peterson Shot down April 1944 by ground fire strafing airport near Osnabruck, Germany. Captured two days later near Oldenburg, Germany. POW Stalag 111 13 months. Separated from service April 1945 Captain.
Robert J. Pinkowski Aerospace Defense Command writes an eulogy for the fighter Pilot.- Say what you will about him; arrogant, cocky, boisterous and a fun loving fool to boot - but he has earned his place in the sun
Harry K. Powell Also escorted bombers, cut rail lines and attacked enemy airfields. In one day flew three missions against the airfield at Udine, Italy. Participated in six campaigns - Rome-Arno, Southern France, Germany, Air Combat-Balkans, North Appennines and Po Valley.

Received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters

Robert H. Powell April found him aboard the "Avant Pasteur" England-bound for the Mighty 8th Air Force. Joining the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney, he flew some 83 combat missions in Jugs and Mustangs (the Group switched to P-51s in April, 1944), where he ran up an unofficial score of six destroyed, two probables, and seven damaged (later changed in official records to 4-6-7), including destruction of the first HE-177.
Walter F. Pratt He remained in the service and retired in October 1967 as a Lt. Colonel after serving over twenty-five years. During that period he flew over 37 different types of military aircraft, mostly fighters from the P-40 through the F-106 and is a member of the MACH 2 Club (pilots who have flown twice the speed of sound) and the Society of Air Safety Investigators No. 165.
Royce Whitman Preist WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Deacon Priest left home in 1938 before graduating from high school and joined the Army as an aviation mechanic, then was top graduate in Glider school when the program shut down. The Glider Training CO sent him to flight training where he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant at Craig Field in November, 1943. He achieved his wings on the same day he was notified he had passed the US Military Academy Entrance exam and offered an appointment to West Point. Priest refused and became a fighter pilot which was the reason he joined the Army in the first place.
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