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Leonard Andrew Charpentier, MD He flew P-40's and P-51's as an instructor until June, 1944 when he was ordered to the Mediterranean Theatre with the 85th, then the 86th, Fighter Squadrons of the 79th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force. Here he began his love affair with the JUG. Charpentier flew 29 missions, over northern Italy,and southern France, against bridges, railroads, artillery, supply routes and enemy armour as well as escort missions with B-25's and B-26's. On August 29. 1944. while strafing an armoured column near Valence. France. Charpentier was shot down by ground fire.
Henry Chick The 39th was assigned P-51D's in April, 1945 and Chick's last mission in a P-47 was April 2nd, covering a B-25 strike on Takao, Formosa, from Mangalden, Luzon. The move to P-51 's was not without mixed feelings. The time spent in the Jug resulted in a great confidence in the airplane, and a loyalty not easy to transfer to the "tin-whistle."
Richard Harlan Chilcott Take home pay as an apprentice carpenter didn't cover other airplane expenses, so tried crop-dusting in 1947 to fly and eat. Better than nothing, but took off quick for active duty during Korean war in 1951. Caught in the aircraft controller trap for 18 months and then back to crop-dusting. As of this writing, still churning up the air in the San Joaquin Valley.
James C. Coe Jr was sent to site A-16 at Saint Marie du Mont, France shortly after the Allied invasion at Normandy. Missions flown were in ground support of the spearheading Army units. Key targets were: Tanks, rail facilities, flak units, air fields, in short, "anything that moved." "Vitamin's" aircraft sustained flak damage on eleven of the various missions he flew over Europe. On one occasion he took a hit from the Panzer Lear Division east of the Remagen Bridge-head which caused him to have to belly land,after managing to maneuver his Jug to the west side of the Rhine, in a small field used by spotter aircraft.
Robert E. Cope Completed 52 combat missions in P-47's and P-51's. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with. 5 clusters.
William John Cullerton WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Joined Army Reserves in 1943, became a rated pilot and Second Lieutenant at Foster Field, Texas in January, 1944. Assigned to the 357SF/355th FG in August, 1944 Cullerton quickly started scoring with his first pair of 109’s near Hildesheimon August 14, scored 7 on the ground on September 12, 1944 then two more air and six on the ground on November 2, 1944 - receiving the DSC and a SS in the period. Cullerton was the first 8th AF pilot to destroy 7 and 8 in one day.
Ernest D. Davis, Sr. 1952 brought assignment to the 1738th Ferry Sq. in Long Beach, Calif. where he again flew P-47s delivering them to the Caribbean Island Nations and South America. He then flew F-86 and F-100 jets and was assigned as Det. Comm. at North American Aviation. During this period he delivered jet fighters across the North Atlantic on "High Flights" where, as Mission Commander for 10 missions, he received an Air Medal. Transferring in 1957 to Osan AFB Korea, he was an Operations Officer with the 311th Ftr. Sq. where he was awarded his Command Pilot Rating. Returning to Andrews AFB, he served until his retirement as a Major in 1963.
John De Brum Went to flying School Bishop, Calif. to get commercial pilot's license certificate #390850 July 1943. Went to work for Army Air Force Western Flying Training Command 8th A.A.F.T.B. Sequoia Field Visalia, Calif., as a primary flight instructor, in Ryan's, PT-22 and Stearman's PT-17.

Applied and went to Air Transport Command. Graduated Pilots Class 44-B Douglas, Arizona, F/0 Service Pilot, assigned to 556th A.A.F. Base Unit 6th Ferry Division Air Transport Command Long Beach, Calif. Army Air Base. Sent to Greenwood, Mississippi 590th A.A.F. Base Pursuit School, checked out in the following AT-6 - P-40 - P-63 - P-51 - P-47, during my Ferrying Mission accumulated 120 hours in the P-47, also checked out in the B-25 and AT-9.

Robert R. Deen Due to lack of fuel 93rd was detached to Gushkara, India and pilots from other two squadrons rotated through to maintain proficiency. During 20 months in CBI managed to acquire a grand total of two combat missions; both of which are still the lot of the interceptor pilot - early morning, not yet light, soup on the deck and up to just above assigned angels and "Bogey" identified as friendly just after wheels are in the well.

Only then we had no instrument training, a bare bones cockpit and no nav aids. Don't tell me Jug pilots knew no fear!

Wayne S. Dodds Mid 1944, Dodds transferred to Mediterranean Theater and assigned to the 57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Squadron. The 57th was committed to "Operation Strangle," cutting off of supplies to enemy forces in Italy. He flew 105 missions through VE Day destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads, tunnels, close support attacks on tanks and artillery.

He was downed by 20 mm ground fire on the 54th mission and required 31 days to maneuver through enemy lines to friendly territory.

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