THE ASSOCIATION OF THE 4TH FIGHTER GROUP AAF WWII MEMORIAL FUND

WE SHALL NOT FORGET

1942-1945

WE SHALL NOT FORGET

Capt. Carl R. Alfred
Capt. Charles E. Anderson
Capt Stanley M. Anderson
Lt. Harvie J Arnold
P/Officer William M. Baker
Lt. George W. Barnes
Flt Officer William D. Bates
Lt. Hepolitus Thomas Biel
Lt. Robert A. Boock
Lt. Stephen B. Boren
Lt. Ralph G. Boyce
Capt. Frank B. Boyles
Lt. James M. Brandenburg
Lt. Edward G. Brettell
Lt. Robert C. Buchholz
Lt. James T. Byrd, Jr.
Capt Leroy A. Carpenter, Jr.
Lt. Vincent R. Castle
Lt. Gerald C. Chapman
Lt. John L. Childs
Lt. Robert P. Claus
Lt. Leon J Cole, Jr.

Lt. John T. Conley
Lt Robert J. Cooper
Flt Officer William A. Cox
Lt. Kermit O. Dahlen
Lt. Leo Dailey
Capt. Albert J. Davis
Lt. Harry E. Davis
Lt. Robert O. Davis
Lt. Carmen J. Delnero
Capt. Donald R. Emerson
Lt. Clemens A. Fieldler
Lt. Robert G. Fischer
Capt Victor J. France
Lt. Robert B. Frazer
Lt. Harold M. Fredericks

Lt. Edward P. Freiburger
Flt Officer Frank D. Gallion
Lt. Cecil E. Garbey
Lt. Chester P. Grimm
Flt Officer Joseph Goetz
Lt. Frederick D. Hall
Lt. Ferris S. Harris
Lt. Lloyd F. Henry
Lt. Glenn A. Herter
Capt. Charles D. Hewes
Lt. Dean J. Hill
Capt. Robert D. Hobert
Lt. Ralph Kidd Hofer
Lt. Robert H. Homuth
Lt. C.G. Howard
Lt. Earl F. Hustwit
Lt. William W. Hunt
Lt. Paul S. Iden
Lt. Harry E. Jennings
Capt. Frank C. Jones, Jr.
Lt. Robert L. Kackerback
Lt. Henry A. Kaul
Capt. William P. Kelly
Lt. Garrett C. King
Lt. Lloyd G. Kingham
Lt. Mark H. Kolter
Capt. Joseph L. Lang
4th FG Memorial at Dayton

During World War II, R.A.F. Debden Airfield, England, was home of the 4th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, from September 1942 to September 1945.
Vanguard Yanks of the 71st, 121st, and 133rd R.A.F. Eagle Squadrons traded R.A.F. Blues for U.S. Army Olives to become the 4th Fighter Group.
Thunderbolts; later long-ranging Mustangs were to help a dedicated 4th Fighter Group achieve the most victories over enemy aircraft in the entire U.S. Army Air Corps -- 1016 enemy aircraft destroyed.
In remembrance of our 128 comrades who were not to see the war's end, we the survivors humbly dedicate this memorial.

Lt. Dale B. Leaf
Lt. Peter G. Lehman
Lt. Ralph E. Lewis
Lt. George H. Logan, Jr.
Lt. John. F. Lutz

Lt. Leland L. MacFarlane
Capt. Bernard J. McGrattan
Capt. Richard. D. McMinn

Flt Officer John P. McNabb
Maj. Michael G. McPharlin
Lt. Charles Y. Mead
Lt. Frederick D. Merritt
Lt. John Micthellweis, Jr.
Lt. Ivan R. Moon
Lt. Conrad J. Netting
Lt. Gene P. Neville
Lt. Harry  B. Noon
Lt. Roy L. Patterson
Lt. Leonard R. Pierce
Lt. Jap A. Powell
Lt. Herman S. Rasmussen
Lt. Richard I. Reed
Lt. Robert H. Richards
Lt. Bernard. J. Rosensen
Lt. Harold L. Ross, Jr.
Lt. Leonard T. Ryerson
Lt. Paul G. Santos
Lt. Ralph W. Saunders
Lt. Morton R. Savage
Capt. Albert L. Schlegel
Lt. James F. Scott
Lt. Anthony J. Seaman
Lt. Arthur J. Senecal
Lt. Thomas S. Sharp
Lt. Frank T. Sibbett

Lt. Robert H. Siefert
Lt. Ernest R. Skilton
Lt. John T. Slater
Capt. Robert S. Sprague
Lt. Dennis D. Smith
Lt. Donald E. Smith
Lt. Homer C. Smith
Lt. Kenneth D. Smith
Flt Officer Walter Smith
Capt. William B. Smith
Lt. Frank J Smolinski
Maj W. Michael Sobanski
Lt. Robert L. Stallings
Lt. Edward J. Steppe
Capt. Malta L Stepp, Jr.
Lt. Joseph W. Sullivan
Capt. Richard L. Tannehill
Lt. Robert S. Tussey
Lt. Herbert Vandervate, Jr.
Lt. George K. Villinger
Lt. Nicholas W. Vozzy
Lt. Alvin O. Wallace
Lt. Leonard R. Werner
Lt. Edmund D. Whalen
Lt. Robert W. White
Lt. Barnaby M. Wilhoit
Lt. Gordon H. Whitlow
Lt. Ward K. Wortman
Lt. Burton C. Wyman
Memorial Dedication Ceremony

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Everyone assembles

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The honor guard brings in the colors

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A4FG President William Spencer speaks

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Major General Metcalf addresses everyone

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Keith Braybrooke speaks about Debden memories

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At last, the memorial is unveiled!

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An element of the 4th FW salutes the fallen with a Missing Man formation

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A second shot of the 4th FW's F-15s

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After Taps is played, the honor guard departs

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All the attending veterans gather around for a panoramic photograph

The 4th FG memorial was dedicated on September 6, 2002, in the Memorial Garden of the United States Air Force Museum.

Presented here is a pictorial chronology of that event, including the later tour of the Museum and the Banquet.

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Museum and Banquet

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A prop broken off in the last Spitfire days of the 4th and signed by many notable Fourthmen was on display at the Museum

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A second picture of the propellor piece

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The original Debden briefing room, carefully brought over to Ohio

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Better memories; the "Belly Tank" Debden pub, complete with the original picture of Eisenhower

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Another picture of the "Belly Tank" ... Memorial designer Don Allen is ordering "two"

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The memorial and brick walkway

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A closer picture of the memorial

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4th FG veterans at the memorial banquet!

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Another shot of the banquet

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Third time's the charm