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Ken was one of several Marine Corps pilots to join the American Volunteer Group in the summer of 1941. (That's his AVG identification card above.) Assigned to the 3rd Squadron "Hell's Angels," he was sent down to Rangoon in December to help defend Burma against Japanese invasion, which put him in the thick of the Christmas battles over the capital. During his months with the AVG he was credited with 10.5 Japanese planes destroyed, of which three were air-to-air victories. (Most of the others resulted from a devastating, two-man attack on a Japanese force at Magwe, with left many planes burning on the field and arguably reduced the scale of the Japanese air attack on Magwe a few days later.)
After the AVG was disbanded in July 1942, Ken became a test pilot for Republic Aviation. Postwar, he worked for Coca-Cola Bottling and served for many years as mayor of his home town, Hood River, Oregon, and as a state legislator. He was one of the first Flying Tigers that I interviewed, and one of the nicest. Blue skies, Ken!
And the anti-Oscar award goes to Zero Dark Thirty which, if it hadn't been for the bullying of three U.S. Senators, would surely have taken home the little gold mannikin. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon now, and there's a Blue-ray/DVD version for a bit more money. - Dan Ford
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Here are nearly a thousand files on airplanes, pilots, and military history, grouped under these headings:
- Annals of the Flying Tigers
- Annals of the Brewster Buffalo
- Annals of Poland: war and exile, 1939-1948
- Japan at War, 1931-1945
- Annals of the Chinese Air Force
- Glen Edwards and the Flying Wing
- Remembering Bluie West One
- The Spadguys Speak (carrying a nuke to Sevastopol)
- Annals of Vietnam
- War in the Modern World