Seventy-five years ago today, May 8, 1945, the war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces. Victory in Europe (V-E Day) had arrived. After more than five years of death and devastation between major powers which ravaged the continent, the guns were silent. It was the 41st month that the US was at war, with more months yet until victory over Japan in the Pacific. It was also the 22nd month of life for the 371st Fighter Group (the 142d Wing today), born for battle.