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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., a World War II P-51 Mustang combat fighter pilot who later commanded the Maryland National Guard's 175th Tactical Fighter Group, died Friday of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. The son of Jesse D. Mitchell Sr., a Koppers Co. machinist, and Mildred M. Davis Mitchell, a homemaker, Jesse Duvall Mitchell Jr. was born and raised in Severn. Colonel Mitchell's interest in flying began early in his childhood when he built model airplanes out of balsa wood.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., a World War II P-51 Mustang combat fighter pilot who later commanded the Maryland National Guard's 175th Tactical Fighter Group, died Friday of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. The son of Jesse D. Mitchell Sr., a Koppers Co. machinist, and Mildred M. Davis Mitchell, a homemaker, Jesse Duvall Mitchell Jr. was born and raised in Severn. Colonel Mitchell's interest in flying began early in his childhood when he built model airplanes out of balsa wood.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
Charles H. Latrobe III, a retired Koppers Co. executive who was a highly decorated World War II Navy night fighter pilot, died Feb. 16 of complications from pneumonia at Roland Park Place. He was 90. "He was a very private person who had the highest level of integrity possible and was intolerant of those who did not," said Joseph M. Coale III, a political adviser, Baltimore County preservationist and former head of Historic Annapolis. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe III was 3 when he moved to a home on Ridgewood Road in Roland Park with his family in 1926.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
The automatic distress signal came in to the Coast Guard about 10:30 p.m. Thursday: A D.C. Air National Guard pilot had ejected from a fighter jet some 35 miles off Chincoteague Island in Virginia. As a rescue team sprang into action, another fighter pilot was flying a damaged F-16C Fighting Falcon back to the D.C. air guard's headquarters at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County. Two others were circling the site where the fighters had collided. One jet was lost, to the likely tune of more than $20 million, and another was damaged.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | March 17, 1991
Desert Storm fighter pilot Russell Handy, an Edgewood native back inthe United States less than a week, spent much of his day Friday going to school -- four times, to be exact.Handy wanted to thank hisHarford County pen pals -- most of whom he'd never met before -- forwriting to him regularly during his seven months in the Persian Gulf."I really feel like people who wrote letters fought the war with us," Handy said, explaining why he visited the schools so soon after returning to his post at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 3, 1998
WHEN JEFF Woolford graduated from Westminster High School nearly 10 years ago, his social studies teacher, Carol Richardson, gave him a four-leaf clover that she received from her father at her college graduation."
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1996
Harry S. Freedman, 53, formerly of Pimlico, a decorated Vietnam War fighter pilot who later flew for Eastern Airlines, died Friday of a massive heart attack at his home in Stone Mountain, Ga.Mr. Freedman was born in Baltimore and was a 1959 graduate of City College.As a member of the 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the Screaming Eagles, Mr. Freedman flew scores of missions in F-100 Supersabres over South Vietnam and across the border into Laos in 1966 and 1967 in support of American and South Vietnamese ground troops and bombing Viet Cong and North Vietnamese bases.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 25, 2002
LONG REACH resident Lt. Col. William S. Pachura, U.S. Air Force, retired, was honored at a reunion in Texas last month. But this reunion, May 28, was a little different than most - the retired fighter pilot was reunited with the plane he flew on 129 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Only about 200 of the 833 F-105s produced - the type of plane Pachura flew - survived the war, he said. Many of the pilots did not make it either. But this plane and this pilot survived. Pachura is described as modest and quiet by family members.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1996
Donald F. Cronin, a World War II ace as a Navy fighter pilot, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Mays Chapel. He was 78.His exploits won him the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three gold stars.He enlisted as a Navy aviation cadet in 1941 after earning a bachelor's degree from Providence College and was commissioned a naval aviator in 1942 at Pensacola, Fla.In 1943 in Virginia, he was assigned to the newly created VF-8 Squadron on board the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | October 17, 1994
Bruce Tuxill's passion for planes has taken him from flying with his father in World War II-era training aircraft to piloting sleek fighter planes."I can't imagine doing anything else," said Colonel Tuxill, a 25-year fighter pilot with the Maryland Air National Guard.The Ellicott City resident oversees the 175th Fighter Group and 135th Airlift Group at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.This summer, Gov. William Donald Schaefer swore in Colonel Tuxill as assistant adjutant general of the Maryland Air National Guard, making him one of the top three military officers in the state -- but ending his days as a fighter pilot.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
Charles H. Latrobe III, a retired Koppers Co. executive who was a highly decorated World War II Navy night fighter pilot, died Feb. 16 of complications from pneumonia at Roland Park Place. He was 90. "He was a very private person who had the highest level of integrity possible and was intolerant of those who did not," said Joseph M. Coale III, a political adviser, Baltimore County preservationist and former head of Historic Annapolis. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe III was 3 when he moved to a home on Ridgewood Road in Roland Park with his family in 1926.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
In both the classroom and running track, Liberty standout Ashley Ross has shown a knack for getting things done in a quick and efficient manner. She maintains a 4.4 GPA and will be graduating a year early to attend the Naval Academy in the fall. She first plans to add to her impressive track resume as she closes out her high school career competing in four events (200 meters, 400, 800 relay, 1600 relay) at this week's Class 2A state track and field championships. The No. 2 Lions are the defending champions.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Donald Myron "Donny" Cohen, a World War II P-51 fighter pilot who flew on the last combat mission over Europe and later became a chemical engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Nov. 5 at his Fallston home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 86. In the early hours of May 8, 1945, Mr. Cohen was sitting in the cockpit of the Lady Ellen, the P-51 fighter that he named after his wife, and waiting to take off from Ansbach Airfield, a captured former Luftwaffe base in northern Bavaria.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 1, 2009
William Peter Feimer, a World War II Army Air Forces fighter pilot who later joined the Baltimore Police Department, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Heart Homes Lutherville, an assisted-living facility. The longtime Linthicum resident was 88. Mr. Feimer, the son of immigrants from Hungary and Romania, was born in Baltimore and raised in Locust Point. After graduating from City College in 1939, he attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied drafting.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | July 20, 2009
John George Buschman Sr., a retired special education teacher and World War II pilot who survived capture in Germany, died of pneumonia July 13 at the Veterans Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. The Towson resident was 88. Born on Fairmount Avenue in Towson and raised on Maryland Avenue, he was a 1940 Calvert Hall College High School graduate. He worked in the purchasing division of the old Merchants and Miners Transportation Company on Pratt Street and joined the Army's Air Corps in January 1943.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 24, 2008
Lemuel O. Warfield, a former naval fighter pilot and reservist who later became an oil company manager, died Nov. 15 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center from complications of a fall he suffered at his Annapolis home. He was 80. Mr. Warfield was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy. He was designated a naval aviator in 1948 and commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to Fighting Squadron 23 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea in the Pacific Theater.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | September 11, 1990
"Flying Start: A Fighter Pilot's War Years," by Hugh Dundas, 180 pages, St. Martin's Press, New York, N.Y., $16.95."Flying Start," Hugh Dundas' account of his war years as a fighter pilot, starts off about as fast as a flight of Spitfires scrambling to meet the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, the World War II air war that was reaching its climax exactly 50 years ago this week.Hugh Dundas was one of the few to whom Winston Churchill said so much was owed.As the book opens, Dundas is in his Spitfire over Dunkirk suddenly staring at the bright yellow nose of a Messerschmidt 109.Britain is evacuating its armies from Europe in ignominious defeat.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 24, 2008
Lemuel O. Warfield, a former naval fighter pilot and reservist who later became an oil company manager, died Nov. 15 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center from complications of a fall he suffered at his Annapolis home. He was 80. Mr. Warfield was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy. He was designated a naval aviator in 1948 and commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to Fighting Squadron 23 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea in the Pacific Theater.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 6, 2008
Col. Eugene Martin "Gene" Faber, a career Air Force officer and decorated combat fighter pilot who flew during World War II and the Korean War, died in his sleep Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Kingsville resident was 85. Colonel Martin was born in El Modena, Calif., and was raised there and in Orange and Santa Ana, Calif. "He excelled in sports in high school and developed an intense interest in flying. Flying was just something he always wanted to do," said a son, Larry E. Faber, a retired Air Force colonel who lives in Boerne, Texas.
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