WWII pilot fulfills his wife's wish to see him fly again

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  • MapleMountain Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    I think I figured out the plane he flew in WWII - since he was with the 55th Fighter Group, this has to be a P-38 H Lightning. (The 55th started with P-38s and transitioned to P-51's later on in the war) The picture is somewhat deceiving because it shows him standing near the right engine nacelle, but the air intake in the picture looks more like a P-38 design than a P-40.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 16, 2019 8:15 p.m.

    Good the to see you back on the stick, we're lucky to have you back in the air.

  • 6ftunder St. George, UT
    June 16, 2019 7:29 p.m.

    risintx- I was looking at his WW2 photos & it looked like the plane he was flying then might be a P-40.

  • rlsintx Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 16, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    @6ftunder - it's a 1942 BOEING E75, which would make it a PT-13 or PT-17 (which I think it would have been as a model E... been a long time).

  • 6ftunder St. George, UT
    June 16, 2019 4:11 p.m.

    Looks like it might be a P-40.

  • jimjr Kaysville, UT
    June 16, 2019 2:01 p.m.

    I was hoping to read what aircraft this fine man flew. The article mentions he flew escort missions for bombers but didn’t indicate what plane he flew. I always enjoy reading about the “Greatest Generation”.