This is the record of my search for my dad’s military records, an attempt to preserve the photos, military records, personnel records and other files I’ve uncovered, in trying to pass along this legacy to my children and grandchildren, as well as my brother’s children and grandchildren. I’ll also be including my own memories of things he told me before he passed 1 November 2004.
Here are some photos of ships and docks. None of these photos have any inscriptions on the reverse.
From Bill Butler:
Both were taken at Itami AB, Japan I believe. The tail number (serial number) on the one could be either 44-74286 or 44-74296. Interestingly enough, both aircraft with those tail numbers were assigned at Itami during the period your father was there. The 296 was involved in a bad crash later in December, and was a total loss.
… the 433 FS was temporarily attached to the 347th Fighter Group from Nov 1947-Aug 1948, which is when the squadron moved to Itazuke in Nov 1947.
|KMAC||Killed, Mid Air Collision|
|471228||P-51D||44-73711||433FS||347FG||Itazuke AAB, JPN||5||KMAC||4||Oline, Richard A||JPN||75M WSW Itazuke, JPB|
|471228||P-51D||44-74296||433FS||347FG||Itazuke AAB, JPN||5||KMAC||4||Ristich, Alex E||JPN||75M WSW Itazuke, JPB|
My dad worked as a P-51 mechanic during the Korean conflict.
Here are two photos taken at SAC headquarters, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The one with me in it shows us in front of one of his favorite cars, a Morris Minor he bought for $50. The second one shows him on his retirement day, February 26, 1970.