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A native of Portland, Oregon, David Kingsley joined the Army Air Forces in 1942 and became a bombardier assigned to the 97th Bomb Group based in Italy.  On June 23, 1944, just two years after the first Ploiesti raid, he valiantly gave his life to save a wounded crew member on his B-17, fatally stricken by flak and fighters in a mission against Ploiesti.  He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is named in his honor.  (USAF photo) Redhawk Reflections on the First American Mission in Europe, 1942
This year marks the 75th anniversary for many important battles which took place during the World War II year of 1942. June 12, 1942, was a milestone in Air Force history which should be remembered.
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Lt Col John W. Leonard, Commanding Officer of the 405th Fighter Squadron, pictured here in 1944, was a well-regarded P-47 Thunderbolt pilot and combat leader in the 371st Fighter Group. Unfortunately, he was fatally wounded in a dogfight with German fighter planes near Worms, Germany, in January, 1945. His older brother William was a distinguished Navy fighter pilot and ace in the Pacific who participated in the Battle of Midway in June, 1942. Source: (Courtesy Mr. Jürg Herzig, Stand Where They Fought website, used with permission) A Redhawk Midway Connection
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the epic Battle of Midway, Jun 3 – 7 1942, in which the US Navy achieved an “incredible victory” over a superior Imperial Japanese naval force. It was a pivotal battle, essentially negating the early war advantages the Imperial Japanese Navy had in the war in the Pacific.
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“Ernie’s” Mustang, FF-999, undergoes a 100 hour inspection by a maintenance team, K-46 Air Base, Korea, 1951. 1st. Lieutenant Ernest P. Wakehouse, 123rd Fighter Squadron, 1949 – 1952
1st. Lieutenant Ernest P. Wakehouse, 123rd Fighter Squadron, 1949 – 1952
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2017
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As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us remember the original members of the Oregon National Guard's first aviation unit, the 123rd Observation Squadron, who remained in the unit all through its World War II existence, including the wartime overseas deployment to China. Redesignated as the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (35PRS) before going
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2012
Oregon Air Guardsman Greg James prepares to embark on a combat mission in an F-51 Mustang fighter-bomber.  Note the “cobra” markings on the belly of his plane, indicating this was the aircraft of the fellow squadron member John “JET” Taylor.  An intense warrior and candidate for the ultimate fighter pilot, Taylor had a cobra, representing the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, painted along the entire length of the bottom of the fuselage of his Mustang because he wanted the enemy to know who it was that killed him.  He later rose to the rank of major general and commanded the Texas ANG. Remembering Redhawk Fighter Pilots who sacrificed during the Forgotten Korean War
The Korean War was the first conflict to see extensive employment of the Air National Guard (ANG) in combat service. Many ANG units were activated, in whole or in part, and served directly in Korea, or in many other locations in the United States and around the world during the Cold War.Oregon ANG members were among those who answered the call to
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2012
On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the Redhawks salute the wartime service and sacrifice for our nation made by Lee McDuff, by other POWs and MIAs of the 371st Fighter Group/142nd Fighter Wing, 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron/123rd Fighter Squadron and all of America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.  May we always remember and honor them. Remembering our POW/MIAs: The Wartime Saga of Lee McDuff
Wham!Without any warning the nose of 2nd Lt. Lee McDuff's P-47 Thunderbolt exploded, sending hot shrapnel and broken aircraft fragments flying all about--through the firewall, knocking off the canopy of the Razorback Thunderbolt, and knocking out Lt. McDuff. It was September 20, 1944. In the preceding summer months, fighter pilots like McDuff
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2012
Members of the 35th PRS entertain Jinx Falkenburg.  From left to right are Jinx, Lt. Morris, First Sergeant Flavin and Sgt Shaylor.  First Sergeant John Flavin and Sgt Jack Shaylor were original members of the Oregon National Guard’s 123rd Observation Squadron.  Note the early Redhawk emblem of the squadron on the wall behind, with twin tails evocative of the twin-boomed F-5 recon aircraft the squadron flew in the CBI.  The Redhawk is still used by the ORANG’s 123rd Fighter Squadron today. Jinxed in the CBI - The Oregon Guard and the USO in WWII
With Christmas approaching and the holiday season underway, thoughts of home come to mind. This phenomenon is the same through time, both now and when American Airmen deployed to the Far East back in December, 1944. There deployed in China was the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, a unit created in 1943 from the Oregon National Guard' s pioneer
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2011
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As we pause on this Veterans Day to honor the members of our armed services, we also celebrate our American military heritage. In doing so, we recall the achievements and sacrifices of our predecessors who served our nation. For the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, this includes remembering the 371st Fighter Group of the Second
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2011
Col. Steve Beauchamp and his wingman sat in their fully armed fighters wondering if the first airliner into a World Trade Center tower in New York was a plane gone off course. It would not be long before they had their answer. Local Fighter Pilot Recounts Being Scrambled On 9/11
Click on link to read original story on the KATU News website. Local Fighter Pilot Recounts Being Scrambled On 9/11
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2011
Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles of the 142nd Fighter Wing prepare for take off. On September 11, 2001, it wasn't long before the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) at McChord AFB, Wash., called on the Oregon Air National Guard to provide air defense for the Pacific Northwest. Lt. Col. Steve Beauchamp (pictured) and other Oregon Air National Guard pilots began to sit alert in the cockpit of their jets in anticipation of WADS tasking in a very dynamic and unpredictable threat environment. (U.S. Air Force Stock photograph by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs) (RELEASED) The 142nd Fighter Wing Remembers 9/11
As our nation pauses to reflect upon the tragic events of 9/11, we honor those thousands lost in the terrible destruction of that day. Ask just about any American who is old enough to remember, and they can probably tell you where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the brutal attacks against our nation ten years ago.For Oregon
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2011
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