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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.
Jack A. Quinlan In May of 1944 he was shot down over Wewak, New Guinea when his squadron was on a strafing mission at Wewak. He was able to find his way out of the jungle after nineteen days and was subsequently hospitalized at Port'Moresby, New Guinea.

He then returned to combat duty where he completed flying some approximately 200 missions. He was credited with having shot down 208 enemy aircraft from New Guinea through Ie Shima. The last two aircraft were shot down over the Southern Islands of Japan.

W. H. Readshaw I attended flight training in the Southeast Training Command, graduated in the class of 43J, from Napier Field, Dothan, Alabama, and assigned as a fighter pilot whereas my first flight in the P-47 was at Richmond, Va., where I completed my transition in the P-47 , assigned to gunnery school at Millville, N.J., and left for overseas duty in February, 1944, and assigned to the 48th Fighter Group, 494th Fighter Squadron, 9th Air Force. I flew 83 missions, mostly dive bombing missions resulting the DFC and Air Medal with 14 clusters.
Ralph R. Regnier Most memorable were: (1)flak removing the upper portion of the rudder and stabilizer and most of the supercharger area, (2) groundlooping on A-13's wet steel mat with armed live 500 pounders, (3) a belly-in, (4) first drop of napalm, (5) vengeance destruction of flak towers which had just downed our recce P-51, (6) leading the strafing of the Gutersloh Airport, (7) forecasting that future war would involve jets, after turning inside ME-163, and 262's.

Least forgetful: (1) burying GI's near Rennes, (2) viewing the remains around a previous days strafing, (3) weather during the Ardennes, (4) destroying an FW-190. Left active service Mar. 1946

Paul Rizzo Major Rizzo states, "the P47 was a solid, sturdy airplane, easy to fly and performed good. She gave a pilot a feeling of security. The P47 proved itself in World War II."

He taught Aviation Mechanics in New York City serving 30 years. He flew a Grumman Widgeon to remote lakes in the Canadian Bush. At times he and his fishing party were the first United States Americans some of the Canadian natives had seen.

James F. Roberts bomber version of the P51A.

Participated in N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy campaigns flying dive bombing, strafing, and close support attacks on tanks, docks, and supply lines as well as flying cover for Sicily and Italy invasions. Completed 59 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with six clusters. Commissioned in the field Sept., 1943.

Edward F. Roddy He was credited with eight confirmed enemy aircraft destroyed (airborne) and many more on the ground. Just prior to the invasion of Luzon, he managed to get airborne during a red alert at dawn with one wingman (C. Andress). Although delayed to provide base defense cover until the assigned P38s were airborne, they headed for Clark Field where they caught a row of new Georges (4-bladed prop) refueling.
Charles E. Rowe Transferred to 6th Ferry Group, 14th Ferry Squadron, Long Beach,California, May 1943. On first trip, delivered C-47 to Fairbanks, Alaska to Russians complete with Jeep, Trailer and other equipment as cargo. Red Star was painted over White Star at Great Falls, Montana just prior to flying it out of the states. Spent next year flying P-51's from Inglewood, California to Newark, N.J., and other destinations for overseas deliveries. Also delivered P-47's from Evansville, Indiana, C-47's from Douglas at Long Beach, California etc. to various points throughout the states.
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