The Air Force Association is raising money to have a bronze plaque made to honor Air Force personnel from New Hampshire who flew, fought, and sometimes died to protect America in a century marked by conflict. Whether officer or enlisted, volunteer or draftee, all were heroes. Because it is impossible to recognize all Air Force Heroes individually, they have chosen a few individuals, whose exceptional skill and courage brought special recognition to themselves and the people of New Hampshire, as their representatives in this place of honor.
The plaque will recognize the following “Aces”:
Harl Pease, Jr., Captain, USAAF, from Newington, who was a B-17 pilot during WW II. He distinguished himself in a bombing raid on the Japanese airbase in Rabaul on August 7, 1942. The Japanese captured Captain Pease and his crew. The enemy executed him.
Joseph McConnell, Jr., Captain, USAF, from Dover, who was America’s leading Fighter Ace in the Korean War with 16 victories.
Harrison R. Thyng, Brigadier General, USAAF during WW II, and USAF During Korea. BGEN Thyng was from Barnstead/Pittsfield, and flew combat in four theaters of war, obtaining ace status in both propeller and jet aircraft. Retired General Thyng is one of only seven aviators to obtain this distinction.
Phillip Sangermano, Lieutenant, USAAF in WW II was from Peterborough.
William Alfred Gardner, Captain, USAAF, in WW II was from Gorham.
Norman John “Bud” Fortier, Major, USAAF, in WW II was from Pelham/Gilford.
Frederick Osborn Trafton, Jr., 1st. Lieutenant, USAAF, in WW II was from New Durham.
Frederick Emil Dick,
Captain, USAAF, in WW II was
Harry A. Parker, 1st Lieutenant, USAAF, in WW II was from Milford.
The current plan is for the plaque to be presented to the State to be displayed in the State Capital, on Memorial Day, with a back-up date on Veteran’s Day. If you would like to make a donation to assist the Air force Association, please make the check payable to NH-AFA, and mail it to COL Eric P. Taylor, USAF (Ret), 17 Foxglove Court, Nashua, NH 03062-1492.
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