Herbert O. Fisher

Picture of Herbert Fisher HERBERT O. FISHER, Pilot 51 years - 19,351 hours, which are accident and violation free. Aviation career since 1927 include Director of Aeronautics for Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Curtiss Wright Chief Production Test Pilot and Chief Test Pilot of Curtiss Modification Center in Buffalo, N.Y. and Chief Pilot, Propeller Division, Caldwell, N.J. and aviation airport executive for Port Authority of NY/NJ.

In the early days he was a member of the United States Army Air Corps, 309 Observation reserve squadron, Schoen Field, Ft.Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana. During 20 years with Curtiss-Wright recorded thousands of Test flight hours in C-46, Hawk 75's, P-36, Navy Helldivers, P-40 Warhawks and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters plus almost all other manufactured military propeller types.

During WW II, Curtiss-Buffalo manufactured hundreds of P-47s along with its own transports and fighters. During 13 months overseas, assisted the Engineering and Operation section of the Air Transport Command in the technique of flying and maintaining the C-46 transports. He lectured and conducted P-40 flight demonstrations to almost every fighter base in the CBI, Middle East, North and Central Africa.

As a civilian test pilot, he flew many combat missions to prove the P-40 under combat conditions. He was the first living civilian to be awarded the Air Force Air Medal by the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. This coveted award was presented because he was credited with saving hundreds of pilots and passengers' lives as well as aircraft due to the operational procedures which he suggested be incorporated by the Commanding General of the theatre.

Utilizing a P-47 he made 100 high mach number precision dives from 38,000 feet at speeds from 500 to 590 miles per hour evaluating a series of experimental transonic and supersonic type propellers. He also conducted a program of reversing all four propellers simultaneously in f1ight on a Douglas C-54 transport, acquiring extremely high sink rates up to 15,000 feet per minute in 4 seconds after reversal. He directed a program of zero lift descents from 20,000 feet for vertical dive bombing directly on a target, utilizing a Grumman F8F Bearcat, using a reversing propeller as a dive brake. Rates of descents reached 30,000 to 35,000 feet per minute from altitude by test pilot, John Olmstead.

He is a charter member and Past President of the P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association, founder and first President of the P-40 Warhawk Association, Past President of the CBI Hunp Pilots Association. He was inducted into the OX5 Hall of Fame at the same time as Charles Lindbergh, received the China-Burma-India Veterans Association's Americanism Award, the General "James Doolittle Fellow" Award presented by Barry Goldwater and holds a Doctorate of Aeronautical Science from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a member of their International Advisory Council.

He resides in Smoke Rise, Kinnelon, New Jersey with wife, Emily, and their 33 year old son, Herb, Jr. has been Operational Supervisor of the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport for the past 7 years.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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