Academic journal article Air Power History

World War II Fighter Pilots to Share Experiences on Veterans' Day, November 13, 2004

Academic journal article Air Power History

World War II Fighter Pilots to Share Experiences on Veterans' Day, November 13, 2004

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Travel back in time on November 13, 2004 and relive the life and death drama of World War II aerial combat in Europe. The Dixie Wing, Commemorative Air Force will host "A Flight with Eagles: 365th Fighter Group Hell Hawks Symposium" at their hangar, the Historical Airpower Facility, at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia. The Hell Hawks flew the famous Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and were assigned to the Ninth Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces from December 1943 until the end of World War II. The Hell Hawks provided close air support to United States and allied forces in France, Belgium, and Germany and were awarded Distinguished Unit Citations in October 1944 and April 1945.

"A Flight with Eagles" will be held the week of Veterans Day and will feature a panel discussion of Hell Hawks veterans, moderated by John "Skipper" Hyle, former captain, USAF and F-16 Viper pilot. A rare P-47 Thunderbolt and other operational World War II aircraft, including a North American P-51 Mustang and Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, military vehicles, and memorabilia will be on display. …

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