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Kenneth H Dahlberg


Kenneth Dahlberg 354th Fighter Group. P-51 Mustang Pilot.
Ken Dahlberg's extraordinary life (he was a triple ace (15) during WWII, was shot down 3 times, became a POW, and after the war founded Dahlberg Electronics (Miracle Ear) has been well recorded in his biography "One Step Forward: The Life of Ken Dahlberg"

He also appears in a Wikipedia article, an article by Al Zdon on the American Legion website, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame website, and many other excellent articles.

Dahlberg, Kenneth H. Aviator, Ken grew up on a 120-acre farm near Wilson, Wisconsin. While the Federal Land Bank was busy foreclosing on the family farm, Ken graduated from Harding High School in 1935 and went to work washing pots and pans in the Lowry Hotel in St. Paul. Promotions came fast and furious and so did a draft notice from President Roosevelt. On June 2, 1944, four days before D-Day, Ken arrived in England to join the 354th Fighter Group flying P-51 Mustangs to support the invasion. Flying from steel mats hastily laid down above Omaha Beach, Ken became a rare Triple Ace by amassing 15 air-to-air victories over the Luftwaffe in both Mustangs and Thunderbolts. He was shot down three times beyond enemy lines, escaped twice and sat out the last few months of the war as a POW in Stalag 7-A in Moosburg, a suburb of Munich. Ken called it his "first experience in suburban living." While a POW, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Returning to the Twin Cities after the war, he married Betty Jayne Segerstrom and completed the "Greatest Generation" arc by founding the Miracle Ear Hearing Aid Company. Entrepreneur and patriot, he passed away at age 94.

For more information see his 8th AFHS-MN webpage at


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location


Event Location Date
Crashed 51300 Orconte, France 19 September 1944

Landing Accident Orconte/A-66 Cat 3 damage Capt Kenneth H Dahlberg, 19-Sep-44.

P-51D 44-13550 - 353FS 354FG 9AF


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20 May 2018 13:21:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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