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

Norman John Fortier WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Bud Fortier joined Army Reserves shortly after Pearl Harbor, commissioned Second Lieutenant following flight school at Spence Field, AL on January 14, 1943. He was assigned to 355th FG and sailed to England in July 1943. Fortier shot down his first 109 in aerial combat during the March 6, 1944 Berlin mission and destroyed his last 109 near Oschatz on July 20 to become the Group’s ninth air ace. Fortier destroyed his last German ship on the ground on January 15, 1945 to raise his total to 11.33 air and ground.
George W. Fosdick Trained in P-47 Thunderbolt at Richmond, Virginia and Millville, New Jersey, thence to the European Theater and assignment to the 50th Fighter Group, 10th Fighter Squadron spring of 1944. The 50th was flying bomber escort and interdiction missions from England. After D-Day, the 50th provided close air support across Northern France, then up through Southern France and on into Germany. He flew 94 missions through VE Day destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads, tunnels, close support attacks on tanks, artillery and attacks on enemy airfields and aircraft
Donald H. Foster Taught fiying to Army, Navy and Air Force trainees in Civilian contract schools in the midwest. He graduated from Officers Training School Nashville, Tennessee and was assigned to the 6th Ferry Group Romulus, Michigan.
Richard J. Fox Six days after D-day, the 368th began the first of many moves across Europe, starting at Strip A-3 in Normandy and ending at Nurnberg, Germany shortly after V.E day.

Missions consisted of bombing and strafing attacks on airfields, rail and highway bridges, trains, vehicles, flak positions and V-weapon sites, and in close support for American troops and Tank columns.

During the Battle of the Bulge, in a dog fight, Fox was hit in the wing and super-charger by a FW-190......

Lowell C. Freeman Until the war's end, Freeman "wore out" Three P-47's (one was destroyed on the squadron's base at Metz, France, where the Luftwaffe gathered its remaining strength on New Year's day, 1945 and strafed and bombed the field).
E.C. "Charlie" Fremaux Most memorable combat experience happened in the summer of 1944 while on a bombing and strafing mission over France, when my wingman was hit with a direct burst of 88-MM fire and I got the fragments from it which caused considerable damage to my "Jug," the "SWAMP ANGEL." I got back to my base OK, but when I approached for a landing I was advised that only one wheel of my landing gear was down.
Robert Mac Donald Fry ROBERT MAC DONALD FRY, born 3 July, 1921 in Erie, PA. Entered U.S. Naval Academy from the Naval Reserve. Became impatient to get into the war, so resigned his midshipman's commission and entered U.S. Army Aviation Cadet program; graduating with class of 43-F.
Donald E. Frye All told he spent eleven years overseas during his 22 years in the Service which included 6 tours in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Greece, Azores, Spain and Morocco.

He was awarded the DFC, Air Medal W/4 0LC, AF Commendation, AF Good Conduct, Army Good Conduct W/4 Knots, Pre Pearl Harbor, Am Theater, EAME W/4 Battle stars, WW II Victory, Occupation, and AM Defense Service Medal.

Robert H. Furlong Most of my friends went on to Fighters but I became an instructor and rode the back seat of an AT-6. Someone in the Flying Training Command had the bright idea to see if instructors could transfer successfully directly to combat outfits without any fighter transition. To the amazement and shock of the 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, appeared three 2nd Lt. instructors each having total fighter time of 10 hours or less in P-40's.
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