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Walter Sommer has flown West

The writer of this web log received word today from Germany of the passing earlier this year of Mr. Walter Sommer, due to complications following a surgery.  In World War II Herr Sommer was a Luftwaffe Me-109 fighter pilot, assigned … Continue reading

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A Flying Memorial and Tribute to William Gorman, 405th Fighter Squadron

As we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States on this May 31, 2021, just one week ago, on Monday, May 24, 2021, the Idaho Air National; Guard celebrated its 75th anniversary in an event held at Gowen Field, Boise, … Continue reading

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A Grateful Daughter – Remembering Lawrence “Dag” Damewood

It’s wonderful to discover family tributes to 371st Fighter Group personnel posted on the internet, as is the case for the 3 October anniversary of a 1944 dogfight in which 406th Fighter Squadron P-47 pilot 1st Lt. Lawrence D. “Dag” … Continue reading

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Local fighter pilot recounts being scrambled on 9/11

Portland’s KATU TV Channel 2 interviewed 142nd Fighter Wing, 123rd Fighter Squadron Redhawk pilot Lt Col Steve “B.C.” Beauchamp who scrambled from Portland ANG Base on 9/11 for a real-world intercept over the Pacific Ocean of an approaching airliner with … Continue reading

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The 142nd Fighter Wing Remembers 9/11

Remember!  The youngest members of the 142nd Wing, designated the 371st Fighter Group in World War II,  were born after 9/11/2001 and may know about it in general but not be familiar with how the organization responded on that day … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, 371st Fighter Group!

And today that’s translated as Happy Birthday 142nd Wing!   Activated on 15 July 1943 as the 371st Fighter Group, the group fought in the ETO with the P-47 Thunderbolt and was redesignated after World War II as the 142nd … Continue reading

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Working on the Fourth

Independence Day 1944 was the 371st Fighter Group’s first 4th of July, and it was no holiday in Normandy, although the group would give and receive fireworks in support of ground forces attacking southward from the Cherbourg Peninsula. The group … Continue reading

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Eager and Ready:  Remembering the 371st Fighter Group on D-Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of the 1944 Allied landings in Normandy, France on D-Day, and the 371st Fighter Group, designated now as the 142d Wing, was part of the operation.  The group’s 75 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters … Continue reading

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371st Fighter Group – Memorial Day 2020

On this Monday, May 26, 2020 we remember those in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the people of the United States of America.  Not to be confused with Armed Forces Day (to honor those serving currently) or Veterans … Continue reading

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Armed Forces Day 2020

Today is Armed Forces Day here in the United States, an annual observance which honors the men and women currently serving in the six branches of the armed services. A presidential proclamation for the day has been issued, which you … Continue reading

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