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Glenn E. Stapp, 351st Fighter Squadron 1922-2014

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Glenn E. Stapp on May 11, 2014 aged 92. Glenn Stapp was a P-51 pilot with the 351st Fighter Squadron and flew five combat missions in April of 1945. My thoughts are with his daughter Kathleen, who kindly passed on the sad news, and the rest of his loved ones at this time.

F/O Glenn E. Stapp (left) of the 351st FS with Lt. William A. Manahan (right) of the 350th FS.

F/O Glenn E. Stapp (left) of the 351st FS with Lt. William A. Manahan (right) of the 350th FS.

 

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Capt. Leroy B. Highfield, 351st Fighter Squadron 1922-2014

Terry Bigger has emailed with the sad news that we have lost another veteran. His father-in-law, Leroy B. Highfield, passed away last week aged 91.

Capt. Highfield joined the 351st Fighter Squadron July 19, 1944 and flew with them through to the end of the war. He claimed a Ju88 and Me110 destroyed and a He111 damaged in the strafing mission of April 16, 1945.

These are never pleasant messages to write but I’m sure you join me in offering condolences to Leroy’s family. My thoughts are with Terry, Heather and the rest of Leroy’s family at this time…

 

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An Open Letter…

To the person who thinks it’s OK to copy pictures from this site and try and sell them to unsuspecting customers on a well known online marketplace site:

It is not OK to defraud people by charging for material that is freely available and lie about where it has come from.

It is not OK to claim credit for the hard work and good will of others.

It is not OK to make a cheap buck off the memory of the 353rd.

It is OK to report the infringment and I will do so.

Check your moral compass – it would appear you need a heading correction.

[To everyone else my apologies for the rant – I’m just ticked-off that someone would do this. Your thoughts and messages, whatever you think, are welcome].

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The Wanderer Returns

This post comes with apologies for my absence from the blogosphere for a few weeks while I completed a business trip. Thankfully I did get time to stop off and survey a few historic aviation sites and thought you might be interested to see some of the pictures.

My first port of call was the National Park at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama. This is still very much a work in progress and looks as if it will become a fascinating insight into the famous “Tuskegee Airmen” when the restoration and development work is completed. Even so, they have plenty of interesting material already to tell the story and also a nicely restored PT-17 Stearman.

The outside of the main display hanger at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama

The outside of the main display hanger at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama

Recreation of one of the offices at Moton field.

Recreation of one of the offices at Moton field.

Nicely restored PT-17 Stearman at Moton Field. One of the most important aircraft of the air war!

Nicely restored PT-17 Stearman at Moton Field. One of the most important aircraft of the war!

Front end of the Stearman at Moton Field.

Front end of the Stearman at Moton Field.

Next I popped into the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida. This is a fascinating museum with a surprisingly diverse collection. If you are in the area the museum is well worth a visit to see the many interesting displays.

The P-51D-5-NA which is actually a rebuild of a later F-51 (a/c 68-15796)???

The P-51D-5-NA at Eglin which is actually a rebuild of a later F-51 (a/c 68-15796)???

P-47N-25-RE (a/c 44-89320) painted up as P-47N-5-RE "Expected Goose" of the 463rd FS, 507th FG.

P-47N-25-RE (a/c 44-89320) at Eglin painted up as P-47N-5-RE “Expected Goose” of the 463rd FS, 507th FG.

The museum at Eglin has a balconey around the main displays that allows you to get a good sense of the P-47s lines from above.

The museum at Eglin has a balcony around the main display that allows you to get a good sense of the P-47’s lines.

Flying Fortree B-17G (a/c 44-83863) at Eglin. This aircraft has recently been repainted, though I think it's time for this venerable old lady to be taken inside out of the weather!

Flying Fortress B-17G (a/c 44-83863) at Eglin. This aircraft has recently been repainted, though I think it’s time for this venerable old lady to be taken inside out of the weather!

If you look closely you can see that it has been necessary to put "anti-bird" spikes on the tail of the B-17 at Eglin. Museums don't have an endless supply of cash - so maybe see this exhibit while you still can!

If you look closely you can see that it has been necessary to put “anti-bird” spikes on the tail of the B-17 at Eglin. Museums don’t have an endless supply of cash – so maybe see this exhibit while you still can!

That’s it for now – I’ll be back blogging the missions in a few days when I’ve fully recovered from the jet-lag…

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Facebook Page Change

In the interest of getting more traffic through Facebook, I’ve deleted the old page and created one with a title more friendly to user search terms. Sorry for any inconvenience caused – blame my technical inadequacy and the WordPress requirement for a one word site title. Hope the new name makes it easier to connect and share the history of the 353rd!

It’s now at 353rd Fighter Group

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Book reviews

Added a brief review of the available (or unavailable!) 353rd books.

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Additions to pages

I’ve been filling out the basic Group structure pages as an ongoing project. They are rather ‘officer centric’ at the moment, but it is my intention to include as much about the enlisted men as possible when time permits.

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Hello

And so it begins…

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