P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "F"
Col. John J. Fischer
My father, Col. John J. Fischer, USAF/Ret., was a JUG pilot.
Herbert O. Fisher
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.
Richard C. (Dick) Fisher
Assigned 9th Air Force, 36th
Group, 22nd Squadron; then stationed at
LeCulot, Belgium flying 55 missions in the
battles of Ardennes, Rhineland and central
Bases included Aachen, Koblenz and
Kassel, Germany. Participated in 11-ship
"Leipzig Raid" in which 74 German aircraft
were destroyed and 19 damaged on the
ground, earning a second unit citation for the
Walter L. Flagg
Flew two tours of combat with the 56th
Group flying P-47 s in all phases of combat
from high altitude escort to low level interdiction. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 clusters, the Air Medal with 13
clusters, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 clusters and European a theatre with 6 battle stars.
Henry Jackson Flanders, Jr.
He flew his 50th
combat mission in P-47's on the day before
the war was officially over. He landed three
planes so "shot-up," they never flew again.
He had two escort missions and forty-eight
Close-support, dive-bombing and strafing,
Richard Henry Fleischer
Dick enlisted in the Army Air Corp in Sept. 1941, and graduated flying school, Victoria, Tx. on Oct. 9, 1942 with a 2nd Lieutenant Commission. A week later he married Helen J. Fredrickson, his high school sweetheart. They have been married nearly 65 years. One daughter, Marion.
Don S. Flowers
On his 97th mission while strafing near
Kaiserslautern, Germany, Flowers was shot
down by ground fire. He crashed landed
behind enemy lines, evaded capture and was
picked up that night by a spearhead of the
10th Armored Division.
He left his squadron in early May, 1945,
returned to the States and completed his
WW-II service flying P-63's in conjunction
with the AAF Gunnery Training Program at
John J. Foley
He flew in the 9th Air Force, 406th
Fighter Squadron, 371st Fighter Group, and
his Squadron call signal was "Yearling 61."
He was based in Germany, after the war he
managed a ski lodge R&R with Lloyd Farwell
in Mittendorf, Austria.<
Warren E. Foote
For 3 months he flew in direct
support of advancing armored divisions. He
was awarded 5 theatre ribbons, 17 air medals,
and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He has one unofficial sortie to his credit,
which involved taking his crew chief over the
Channel on D-Day in a P-47. This was accomplished by removing extraneous equipment (liferaft, parachute, etc.) and sitting on his
crew chief's lap.
Robert T. Forrest
Never shot down, or even shot up (superior skills? luck?). He watched the Nagasaki
Atom Bomb while over Kyushu on a mission
unrelated to that historic event. Then, on the
war's last day, returning from a sweep over
Korea, he released his flight to return directly to Ie and took himself across the sea of
Japan to get a close look at Nagasaki. He
Criss-crossed the city eight times at 50 to 100
feet trying to imprint the impressions forever.
"I didn't think of trying to assess the long
range implications of atomic power during
that flyover, but I remember thinking that
war would never be the same again."
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