P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "L"
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Rui Moreira Lima On October 7, I arrived in Tarquinia, Italy, with the 1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron under the operation control of 350th Fighter Group. Started on combat missions in November 6 and flew 94 missions, destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads and one Italian fighter Macchi 202 on the ground. I made close support attacks on tanks (destroyed 5). I was hit by a 20mm 9 times and had one belly landing in Forli, A-20 Polish Base in Paco Valley with the Thunderbolt on fire.....
Thompson D. Litchfield In March of 1942, he was assigned to the 52nd Fighter Group in Charlotte, N.C. and went to England with this group in May of 1942. There was a tremendous shortage of American combat planes at this time and the pilots of the 52nd Flying Group trained with the RAF and were equipped with Spitfires. Litchfield flew combat missions out of England from June through October of '42.
Erik Price Littlejohn Entered service as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Calvary and was assigned to Armored Force School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of Armored Force Training was assigned to 3rd Armored Division, California at which time the Army became aware that he held a commercial pilot's license and transferred him to the Army Air Corps where he underwent military pilots' training in the first class of Student Officers, graduating from Randolph Field, Kelly Field and received his wings at Aloe Field, Victoria, Texas.
Barbara Erickson London BARBARA (ERICKSON) LONDON, born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where she attended the University of Washington. While in College, she took the first CPT program and then continued on to become an instructor in the program in 1941. While in the CPT program she won the Western Region Shell Aviation Scholarship and competed in the finals in Washington D.C. in 1940.
Elton B. Long Assigned to the 10th Service Group at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana he was promoted to a Chief Warrant Officer. He entered Flying School as a CWO in the early part of 1943 and graduated as a Second Lieutenant at Spence Field, Georgia in the Class of 43K in December 1943. After fighter training in Florida and in England, he joined the 508 Fighter Squadron, 404th Fighter Group and flew his first combat mission on June 7, 1944.
Robert P. Longley Longley returned his aircraft to base after it had been severely damaged in aerial combat with 3 - FW-190's. During the encounter, the P-47 was carrying a Hung-500 lb. bomb on the left wing. Oil leaking from the damaged engine completely covered the canopy and most of the fuselage. Since Longley could still maneuver the aircraft, he was vectored home while flying on the gages. But, three problems still remained.......
Irvin Lowen .........They then hung a 250 lb. bomb on each wing and instructions how to bomb - (written by a Spitfire pilot I think). However we developed our own system. Approached target at over 8 thousand feet, closed throttle, pulled up sharply. Did a stall turn, prop in fine pitch - dropped the eggs as soon as lined up in the vertical dive and then pulled out. With practice it was very accurate and only a short blackout.
Ralph S. Lucardi During Korea, he rejoined the Air Force, trained in Biological Warfare with the Army, put in a tour at the Pentagon, and worked on Aircraft Escape Systems at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. Eventually moving to the electronics field, he joined the 425L Program of the Electronics System Division, Air Force Research and Development Command. The 425L Project Office was charged with the responsibility of designing, developing, and testing of the NORAD Combat Operations Center as well as the design and construction of the Combat Center itself, deep in the heart of Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Franklin P. Luckman ......with his nickname of "Lucky", he flew many of his 103 combat missions in "Lucky's Lady". Most of those flights were in support of ground troops or interdiction throughout France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. On Oct. 21, 1944 Luckman participated in a fighter sweep in which he destroyed one FW-190 and damaged another while the 365th destroyed a total of 21 aircraft, 11 probables and 3 damaged without loss to itself. This led to the Fighter Groups first of two Presidential Unit Citations.
Lt. Duane E. Lund

Lt. Duane E. Lund was born in Kenmare, ND and grew up in Carrington, ND. While attending the University of North Dakota he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet on Dec 14, 1942 and entered active duty on Feb 22, 1943. He was a veteran of the 9th Air Force flying P-47s for the 366 Fighter Group, 390 Fighter Squadron.

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