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Sylvester O Koenig


With the 4th at Debden-Nov '42-Sept '45. Rejoined the 4th -Mar '48 crew chief F-80's.
Changed to F-86's -Korea Nov '50- Aug '51.
AF advisor to Wis ANG '52-'57.
20th FW 57-61.
Senior Controller-England 464th Troop Carrier Wing '61-'64, Pope AFB NC.
Retired Jun '64

Bronze Star, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon (with 6 stars); World War II Victory Medal.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...


  • 42-106576

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Whilst strafing a truck convoy, section bounced by 15+ enemy fighters, A/C not seen after engagement began. Pilot Capt Bernard McGrattan KIA. 6-Jun-44. MACR 5611.

  • 42-7936 "Pistol Packin Mama"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of (then) Lt. Fonzo "Snuffy" D. Smith. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 493FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born Wausau, Wisconsin 6 March 1921
Enlisted Wausau, WI, USA 19 January 1942
Based Debden November 1942 – September 1945

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Oviedo, FL, USA April 2008

Saint Lukes Lutheran Church Cemetery
Seminole County
Florida, USA

Died Seminole County, FL, USA 24 April 2008


Date Contributor Update
22 April 2017 13:05:25 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2017 15:27:12 Lucy May Changes to nickname, service number and biography

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 17:20:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self