Monthly Archives: February 2014

An Interview with 404th Fighter Squadron Armorer Victor Kramer

It takes teamwork to generate the airpower needed to fly fight and win.  It’s always been that way in aerial warfare.  Usually the pilots receive their due credit, but unfortunately, many members of the ground echelon don’t receive much attention, … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day, 1944: Frisky Moves Out

On this day seventy years ago, Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1944, the men of the 371st Fighter Group began their journey for combat service overseas in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Movement orders for Frisky had arrived in SO … Continue reading

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Memorial for Lt. Col. Sanders E. Delaney

The University of Illinois Veterans Memorial Project has an internet memorial tribute to another of Frisky’s brave men, Lt. Col. Sanders Delaney, who commanded Yearling (406th Fighter Squadron) from October, 1944, until his unfortunate loss in a flying accident in … Continue reading

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Memorial for Major William T. “Shorty” Bales, Jr.

For some of the fallen members of the 371st Fighter Group, there are memorials of various kinds.  One of the internet memorials one can view is that for Major William T. “Shorty” Bales, Jr., who went MIA April 13, 1945 … Continue reading

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Tantonville Airfield (Y-1) Today

As many readers will know, the 371st Fighter Group called Tantonville home for about two months during the war, from later December, 1944, into February, 1945.  This was during the period of the Battle of the Bulge, as well as … Continue reading

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