Continuing my report from the June symposium at the Planes of Fame Museum featuring six veteran fighter pilots who had flown the P-47 Thunderbolt during the World War II: five who fought in the European Theatre and one who was in the Pacific Theatre. The stories of all the men were entertaining, educational, and enlightening. After listening to these men speak, it became clearer why theirs is known as the greatest generation. Yesterday I wrote about Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend, who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen using all 6,000 feet of runway they were given; Lieutenant Colonel Sandy Ross, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in saving the life of his squadron leader during a dogfight; and Lieutenant Martin Engler who crash landed into the middle of a tank battle. Today, I’ll begin with the fourth man to speak: Lieutenant Joe Preston.
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