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Saunders1953
07-31-2005, 07:16 PM
The sole USAAF pilot from WWII still listed as missing from PH attack.

http://www.flightjournal.com/articles/lost_p-36/sterling1.asp

The courage of people such as he is as humbling as it is formidable.

AerialTarget
07-31-2005, 09:14 PM
...In Hawaii. I'd edit your post to reflect this, and to correct the World War number.

Saunders1953
07-31-2005, 11:19 PM
Thanks AT--yes, sorry, from the PH attack. Didn't notice the WWII error.

TROOPER117
08-01-2005, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the link Saunders, an interesting read!

Fliegeroffizier
08-01-2005, 05:09 PM
...Not "Missing" at all. Status was/is BNR as of April 1948. "BNR":Body Not Recoverable Lots of those.

Saunders1953
08-01-2005, 07:07 PM
...Not "Missing" at all. Status was/is BNR as of April 1948. "BNR":Body Not Recoverable Lots of those.


I'm with Trooper117---I thought the article was intrinsically interesting regardless of the distinction.

telsono
08-02-2005, 04:10 PM
On reading:

Gabby: A Fighter Pilot's Life (Schiffer Military History) (Hardcover)
by Francis Gabreski, Carl Molesworth

Gabby talks about the actions at Pearl Harbor. He wasn't able to fly early enough to combat the initial Japanese attack, but he was up in the skies awaiting a possible second wave. Many P-36's were salvagable as they were considered obsolete and therefore not bunched into the center of the field with the brand new P-40's. Scattered around the field many survived the onslaught.