The 352nd Fighter Group
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High Iron Illustrations adds 352nd FG pilot bios
John Doughty of
High Iron Illustrations
has added bios of 352nd pilots
Buck Pattillo to his website. These are in addition to many other
352nd pilot's bios, including:
M. Dee Johnson,
Frederick Powell, and
"The West Virginian"
by Ted Williams
Artist Ted Williams is noted for his aviation
subjects. For many years, he has created paintings and illustrations for a broad
clientele including private commissions for aircraft owners and pilots, as well
as other historical artwork for numerous museums and publishers. Most notably,
in the spring of 2002, his first book entitled The American Fighter Plane (Metrobooks,
Barnes and Noble Publishing) was released. The aircraft art from the book as
well as other historical subjects are available on line at
Ted has also created a beautiful profile of
Punchy Powell's The West "by Gawd" Virginian.
Click on the pictures above and below for a direct link to purchase these fine
352nd Fighter Group Association and the Preddy Memorial Foundation plan trip to Europe
The 352nd Fighter Group Association and the Preddy
Memorial Foundation took a group of their members back to visit their wartime
bases and the gravesite of George and Bill Preddy, both fighter pilots killed in
action during WWII. The 12-day trip, April 3-15, 2003, included London,
Cambridge and Bodney in England, a Chunnel train and
coach trip to Calais, Dunkerque, Chievres and Asch (both were 352nd bases
in Belgium), the Battle of the Bulge area, Liege,
Luxembourg, Metz, Rouen, the Normandy invasion beaches
Full House - Aces High
R. Doughty, Jr.
High Iron Illustrations is pleased to announce the release of our latest
aviation fine art lithograph, "Full House - Aces High" by noted aviation
artist John R. Doughty, Jr. This new lithograph is a full color Limited
Edition of 550, which is hand signed by thirteen 91st Bomb Group and
352nd Fighter Group veterans, including two P-51 fighter (Mustang) aces
and several crewmembers who were POWs.
to find out more about this beautiful painting!
"The Y-29 Legend, The Bluenosers Speak" to be published in three upcoming issues of Air Classics!
The facts have been known for 57 years about the fantastic "white wash" 23 to
0 victory by the 487th Fighter Squadron over the Luftwaffe on January 1st,
1945. The story of this aerial melee over Asch was penned at the end of the
war, entitled "The Legend of Y-29", and has been printed previously in
several magazines. However the entire story, from the mouths of the men who
participated, has never been put to print. In three consecutive upcoming
issues of Air Classics, you will find their story, entitled "The Y-29 Legend,
The Bluenosers Speak". This 11,000 word, first-person article was compiled
by Marc Hamel from the research work accomplished by 328th FS pilot Robert
"Punchy" Powell over many years. The story is illuminated by the stellar
aviation art of Troy White and the unsurpassed photo work of Sam Sox.
Included is a surprise recent addition to the 23 victories thought to be
achieved on January 1st, 1945.
352nd FG Association calls for signatures on petition
to rename Pope AFB in George Preddy's Honor
352nd Fighter Group and the Preddy Memorial Foundation requests your
signature on a petition to honor Major George E. Preddy, top Mustang
Ace, and the sixth rank Air Force ace of all our wars.
There are only two major Air Force installations in North Carolina,
Major Preddy's home state--Pope and Seymour Johnson. Pope AFB was named
for Lt. Harley Pope, killed along with his crewman, Sgt. W. W. Fleming,
on January 1, 1917 when his JN-4 crashed into the Cape Fear River as a
result of poor visibility and lack of fuel. Lt. Pope was from Indiana.
Several airfields are named for local aviators killed in accidents
including Dyess, Laughlin, McConnell, McGuire, Nellis and Vance AFB.
Since Major Preddy and his brother, Captain Bill Preddy were both killed
in action as fighter pilots over Europe, it would be a most appropriate
tribute to have Pope AFB renamed as Pope-Preddy AFB, honoring three heroes of two World Wars.
Only the U.S. Air Force, not Congress nor the President, has authority
to name or rename an air base, and if there is a strong indication that
public opinion favors such a change, it will be given serious
consideration--hence this petition.
Therefore, the 352nd and the PMF request that you join us in this effort
to pay tribute to these North Carolina heroes by viewing the website listed
here and adding your signature to those who have already expressed their approval
for this effort. You may do so by pulling up the following site:
Please do it now. We need your support to make this happen. Thank you,
The 352nd Fighter Group and Preddy Memorial Foundation.
For more information on the Preddy brothers, view the PMF website:
by Robert Bailey
Canadian aviation artist Robert Bailey has
recently released a painting depicting a low-level
strafing attack on a German airfield in France on 28 April 1944, the painting features four bluenosed Mustangs of the
352nd Fighter Group out of Bodney, England.
Click here to find out more about this
and how to get a limited edition signed print!
Graphically written and illustrated with more than 1,000 wartime photos, this history
details the combat record of the 352nd Fighter Group once described by General
William E. Kepner, C.O. of the 8th Fighter Command, as "Second to None". It features
dramatic accounts of the wartime experiences of boys from the farms and streets of America who
became men virtually overnight as they were thrust into deadly combat against
vastly more experienced Luftwaffe pilots.
Col. Hubert "Hub" Zemke, legendary C.O. of the famous 56th Fighter Group, described this book as
"Absolutely the best fighter history to come out of World War II."
This is the same book that collectors are paying up to $300 for if they can find a
Click here to find out more about this fantastic book!
Newest 352nd Ace Finally Gets Credit For Kills
One of our guys, Alden Rigby (who was involved
in the Legend of Y-29 air battle on Jan 1, 1945 when 12
of our pilots were taking off just as some 50+ German
planes attacked our airfield at Asch, Belgium) was finally
been credited in September of 2000 with an additional victory. The
additional victory makes him the 352nd's 29th WWII ace!
Click here to read the story on High Iron Illustrations!
"Last Reunion of Heroes"
21-25 September 2000
"Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We will never forget you."
Click here to see pictures from the reunion!
Col. Steven Hicks
Virginia Air National Guard