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393rd Fighter Squadron
393rd Fighter Squadron
|Aces for : 393rd Fighter Squadron|
|A list of all Aces from our database who are known to have flown with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking the pilots name.|
|Laurence E Blumer||6.00||The signature of Laurence E Blumer features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.|
|Aircraft for : 393rd Fighter Squadron|
|A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by 393rd Fighter Squadron. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.|
Manufacturer : Lockheed
Designed by Kelly Johnson the P38 made its maiden flight on the 27th January 1939 and introduced into service in 1941. they cost $134,284 at the time each and a total of 10,037 were built. The Lockheed P-38 was introduced as a inceptor fighter but soon proved a valuable long range bomber escort for the 8thUS Air Force's B-17 and-24 bombers as they bombed targets further into Germany.
|Signatures for : 393rd Fighter Squadron|
|A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.|
Captain Larry Blumer
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| Captain Larry Blumer |
Assigned to the 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, Scrappy, nicknamed after his Scrap Iron P-38, became one of the few fighter pilots to become an ace-in-a-day when he shot down five FW-190s in 15 minutes of aerial combat on 25 August 1944. Scrappy rose to command the 393rd and destroyed another FW-190 before returning to the States in January 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 22 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. In 1946, he returned to the United States and became a contractor. Later in life, he purchased a P-38, painted it like his old plane, and flew it at air shows. Sadly Captain Larry Blumer died of Leukemia on October 23rd 1997 in Springfield, Oregon.
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