Monthly Archives: September 2012

Perthes

Perthes Airfield it was called in the orders to move, or A-65, but most of the 371st Fighter Group seemed to call it St. Dizier.  By whatever name, in September, 1944, the 371st Fighter Group moved from Beuzeville/A-6/La Londe to … Continue reading

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Remembering our POW/MIAs: The Wartime Saga of Lee McDuff

From the 142nd Fighter Wing’s website, at: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123319068 Remembering our POW/MIAs: The Wartime Saga of Lee McDuff by Terrence G. Popravak, Jr., Lt Col, USAF (Retired) 142nd FW Public Affairs On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the Redhawks salute the … Continue reading

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 21 September 2012

This Friday, 21 September 2012 is the annual observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.   We should remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action.  For more information on this observance see:  … Continue reading

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Tom Saffell

Received word today from an official in Minor League Baseball’s Gulf Coast League of the passing of former Gulf Coast League President Tom Saffell on September 10, 2012.  He was 91 years old, and in World War II was a … Continue reading

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Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt

There are several wartime training films related to the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt flown by the 371st Fighter Group throughout its World War II service which are available for viewing on YouTube.  Titles, run times and links as follows: How To … Continue reading

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371st Fighter Group Lineage and Honors

Many people can easily trace the origin of the 371st Fighter Group to its activation at Richmond Army Air Base, Virginia on 15 July 1943.  The unit was shipped overseas to England in early 1944, and flew many combat missions … Continue reading

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Books about the 371st Fighter Group, Part 3 of 3

In 1994, author Annie Laurie Morgan’s “Sunward I’ve Climbed” was published in hard cover by the Black Belt Press, Montgomery, Alabama.  Billed as “A Novel…based on the true story of Yvette Hamel and the 371st Fighter Group.”  This 318-page historical … Continue reading

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Books about the 371st Fighter Group, Part 2 of 3

404th Fighter Squadron pilot Jack Pitts published his wartime memoirs in “P-47 Pilot:  Scared, Bored and Deadly,” Pitts Enterprises Publishers, San Antonio, Texas, 1995 and 1997.  This 250-page soft cover book, also well-illustrated, is billed as a true account of … Continue reading

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Books about the 371st Fighter Group, Part 1 of 3

There are several publications about the 371st Fighter Group which have been released since World War II.  All are now out of print, but can sometimes be found with various used book vendors, or possibly in a library. In 1946 … Continue reading

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September, 1944

It was in the summer of 1944.  Patton’s Third Army had roared across France, with the 371st and other fighter groups in XIX Tactical Air Command providing vital cover over the rapid advance.  But the farther Patton went, the longer … Continue reading

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