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370th Fighter Squadron pilots.

(L-R) On Cowling: Lt. Lawrence A Zizka; Capt. Milton S Merry; Lt. Werner J Rueschenberg; Lt. John W Lamont; Lt. Robert G Oakley. On Wing: Lt. Benjamin J Vos Jr.; Lt. James H O'Shea; Capt. Galen E Ramser; Lt. Warren R Newberg; Lt. John W McAlister. Standing: Capt. Homer A Staup; Capt. Charles W Hipsher; Lt. Cyril W Jones Jr.; Capt. Robert M York; Lt. Verner L Caid; Lt. Edward L Welch; Lt. William E Buchanan; Lt.Col. John B Murphy. Kneeling: Lt. Emory G Johnson; Capt. Will D Burgsteiner.



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  • William Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 74 x combat missions, 270 combat hours. Credited 1 x kill, 1 x damaged. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Will Burgsteiner

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 75 x combat missions in ETO. Credited 4 x destroyed [Ground], 1 x probable [Air]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), SS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vernor Caid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 555FTS 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 70 missions, 270 hours. 2 x destroyed, 1 x damaged. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle star).

  • Charles Hipsher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 3 Feb 1944 on return from bomber escort mission , P-47D #42-74640 was low on fuel and had to land at RAF Oulton, Norfolk under construction and upon touchdown the landing gear hit a pile of dirt. RTD.

  • Emory Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Aug. 1944-Feb. 1945, 270 hours, P-51B 42-106921, P-51D 44-14773

  • Cyril Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine
    Killed in Action (KIA) on his 16th mission while straffing near Coburg, Germany in P-51D s/n 44-14071 CS+W "Dora De" MACR #8647

  • John Lamont

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Aug. 1944-April 1945

  • John McAlister

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Only flew 11 missions, got over there too late Air Medal w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster flew the P-51D Satan's Lady 44-13633 CS-R 44-14038 CS-G

  • Milton Merry

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    July 1944-April 1945, 320 hours

  • John Murphy

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    P-40E 11th FS 343rd FG PTO P-47D /P-51D 359th FG ETO 6.75 air kills inc 1 ME-163

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05 August 2017 14:56:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations