The (Flying) Kentuckian

A pilot of the Yearling squadron, the 406th Fighter Squadron, has written and published a memoir titled “The Kentuckian” recounting his life full of aviation.

"THe Kentuckian," written by 371 st Fighter Group P-47 pilot Harris B. "Wil" Wilhoite, published in the spring of 2015.  (Courtesy Wil Wilhoite)

“The Kentuckian,” written by 371st Fighter Group P-47 pilot Harris B. “Wil” Wilhoite, published in the spring of 2015. (Courtesy Wil Wilhoite)

The author, Harris B. “Wil” Wilhoite, joined the 406th on 17 December 1944. He describes his WWII combat experience as a member of the 371st Fighter Group in chapters 8 through 11. There are a ton of other aviation stories in the book, as Wil Wilhote also flew combat in Korea during his post-World War II Air Force service. He ultimately completed a 61-year flying career, accumulating over 25,000 flying hours in dozens of different aircraft types.

The backside of Wil Wilhoite's book succinctly captures the highlights of his over six-decade aviation career.  (Courtesy Wil Wilhoite)

The backside of Wil Wilhoite’s book succinctly captures the highlights of his over six-decade aviation career. (Courtesy Wil Wilhoite)

It is encouraging to see any 371st Fighter Group veteran make the effort to document their military experience, to share with family, friends, the public and posterity. Kudos to Wil Wilhoite for “The Kentuckian.”

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