P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "P"
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Edward W. Popplewell In February 1945, the squadron was withdrawn to re-equip with the P-47 Thunderbolts. The eight point fives and heavier bomb capability and endurance were well suited to our job, notwithstanding the high altitude performance. Now, formidably armed, we returned to the fray and I was kept busy until near the end, completing some 250 combat trips INCIDENTS Flew as escort to Lord Louis Mountbatten who was then the Supreme Commander in S.E.A.C. and attended the Victory parade in Rangoon.
Joseph E. Potts ....born May 17, 1922 in Johnstown, Pa. Enlisted as an Army Aviation Cadet right after Pearl Harbor and trained in the Southeastern Training Command. PT-17 training at Decatur, Alabama,Basic at Greenwood, Mississippi, and Advanced at Craig Field, Selma, Alabama, in the class of 43-G. Then to Fort Myers, Florida for P-47 training....
Harry K. Powell Also escorted bombers, cut rail lines and attacked enemy airfields. In one day flew three missions against the airfield at Udine, Italy. Participated in six campaigns - Rome-Arno, Southern France, Germany, Air Combat-Balkans, North Appennines and Po Valley.

Received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters

Robert H. Powell April found him aboard the "Avant Pasteur" England-bound for the Mighty 8th Air Force. Joining the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney, he flew some 83 combat missions in Jugs and Mustangs (the Group switched to P-51s in April, 1944), where he ran up an unofficial score of six destroyed, two probables, and seven damaged (later changed in official records to 4-6-7), including destruction of the first HE-177.
Robert W. Powell He flew 158 combat missions that included close support, dive bombing attacks and cover for 4 major invasion operations, fighter sweeps on enemy shipping, strategic land targets and bomber escort missions. He was rescued from a forced landing and two ditchings, one resulted in a night in the ocean.
Walter F. Pratt He remained in the service and retired in October 1967 as a Lt. Colonel after serving over twenty-five years. During that period he flew over 37 different types of military aircraft, mostly fighters from the P-40 through the F-106 and is a member of the MACH 2 Club (pilots who have flown twice the speed of sound) and the Society of Air Safety Investigators No. 165.
Clifford Price One memorable mission as I pulled up from a strafing run I saw something move across the horizon. The 12 of us went down to investigate and found 50 to 60 ME 262 jets taking off in pairs. 2 just off the ground were shot down and the leader said "lets go home". I was tail end charlie and trying to catch up when a 262 channeled straight up in front of me like I was standing still.
Earl M. Price While on bombing mission over Pilsen his P-47 was hit by the guns ME-262, which was the first operational jet fighter. It was believed to be the first plane hit by a jet fighter in combat. The German did not choose to remain and dog fight and only minor damage was done to the P-47.
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