Seventy years ago, according to the 371st Fighter Group War Diary for 11 November 1944, Frisky recorded the following:
“11 Nov. – ARMISTICE, but hardly the cause for elation as in 1918. We were informed we would conduct operations from Dijon and not be off ops until our return to Dole as previous orders had indicated. Weather too bad for flying. Birthday party and steak dinner held for Col Kleine at Group officers BOQ.”
The 371st Fighter Group flew from Dijon for a period of 11 days before a B-26 group moved in and forced Frisky back to Dole, where the overflowing waters of the Doubs River had departed the airfield and returned to the river.
On this Veterans Day, 2014, we salute the men of the 371st Fighter Group, and the women who supported the group directly too, like the Red Cross ladies, as well as their families, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation. May God bless them, one and all!