P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "F"
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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 Europe.

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 36th Group.

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, missions.
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 Naples, Florida.

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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