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Frank Olynyk 6th August 2007 08:06

American Aces Died in 2007
 
Below are the American aces that I am aware of as having died in 2007, as of early August. The number after the name is his score. If the place of death notes "residence" I cannot be sure of the actual location of death; this comes from the Social Security Death Index, otherwise it comes from an obituary.


Camille Joseph ROSBERT 6 January 7, 2007 (residence: Katy, Texas)
Wyman Doyle ANDERSON 3 January 9, 2007 Sherman, Texas
Hayden Alvin GREGORY 5 January 12, 2007 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Robert Wesley McCLURG 7 January 20, 2007 Skaneateles, New York
John Lawrence BANKS 8.5 February 12, 2007 St Louis, Missouri
William Francis COLLINS 4 March 9, 2007 Michigan City, Indiana
Arthur Roger CONANT 6 March 10, 2007 Seattle, Washington
Willis Eugene MATHEWS Jr 5.5 March 13, 2007 (residence: Whittier, Los
Angeles, California)
Charles Henry DuBOIS Jr 6 March 23, 2007 Chesterfield, Missouri
Edgar Bradford McCLURE 5 Apirl 25, 2007 (residence: Iowa Park, Wichita,
Texas)
Carl Eugene SMITH 4 April 27, 2007 Chula Vista, California
Robert HURST 6 April 27, 2007 (residence: Denver, Adams,
Colorado)
William `B' FREEMAN 6 June 11, 2007 Sherman, Texas
Robin OLDS 17 June 14, 2007 Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Austin LeRoy OLSEN 5 June 15, 2007 (Mexico City, US Consulate
#773) Mexico
David Patterson PHILIPS III 5 June 19, 2007 Elk Rapids, Michigan
Morton David MAGOFFIN 5 July 9, 2007 Pleasanton, California
Archie Glenn DONAHUE 14 July 30, 2007 Rio Hondo, Texas

Rest in peace, gentlemen.

Frank Olynyk.
Historian, American Fighter Aces Association.

Mark Copeland 13th August 2007 23:32

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Frank,

You are a god send to all Fighter Ace historians and buffs. Thank you very much for the list sir.

Mark Copeland

Me109G 16th August 2007 12:30

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Hi there,

This name jumped out at me:

Robert Wesley McCLURG 7 January 20, 2007 Skaneateles, New York

Does anyone have any further info on this person?

Thanks,
Chris

Binkyboy 21st August 2007 21:12

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Frank, yes thank you very much for the names of deceased pilots. Do you have lists of deceased Axis pilots as well? If not would you happen to know where one might find up to date lists?

Thank you very much sir,
Dennis

Gunther 19th September 2007 17:39

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
That's a shock about Mort Magoffin--I knew him well but had not seen him in years. He used to hunt with Bob Scott in our part of the Northwest. Mort was CO of the 362nd FG, 9th AF, one of just three aces in the group. He was shot down and badly wounded after D-Day and liberated in a Paris hospital.

He was so proud of his hole in one certificate that he hung it next to his Distinguished Service Cross!

Franz von Werra 3rd October 2007 22:01

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Quote:

Robin OLDS 17 June 14, 2007 Steamboat Springs, Colorado
So the protagonist of Operation Wolfpack has also passed on.
Goodspeed Sir.

James A Pratt III 1st November 2007 02:56

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Norman Mollard USN 6 victory ace PTO died on 30 Oct 2007 of a heart attack and stroke.

Frank Olynyk 1st November 2007 07:24

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Below is an updated list of American aces who have died in 2007. Entries ending in + are additions to the original list; the one marked * contains updated information.


Camille Joseph ROSBERT 6 January 7, 2007 (residence: Katy, Texas)
Wyman Doyle ANDERSON 3 January 9, 2007 Sherman, Texas
Hayden Alvin GREGORY 5 January 12, 2007 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Darrell Stuart CRAMER 7 January 17, 2007 Springville, Utah +
Robert Wesley McCLURG 7 January 20, 2007 Skaneateles, New York
Marlow John LEIKNESS 5 February 1, 2007 Delano, Minnesota +
John Lawrence BANKS 8.5 February 12, 2007 St Louis, Missouri
William Francis COLLINS 4 March 9, 2007 Michigan City, Indiana
Arthur Roger CONANT 6 March 10, 2007 Seattle, Washington
Willis Eugene MATHEWS Jr 5.5 March 13, 2007 (residence: Whittier, Los Angeles, California)
Charles Henry DuBOIS Jr 6 March 23, 2007 Chesterfield, Missouri
Edgar Bradford McCLURE 5 Apirl 25, 2007 (residence: Iowa Park, Wichita, Texas)
Carl Eugene SMITH 4 April 27, 2007 Chula Vista, California
Robert HURST 6 April 27, 2007 (residence: Denver, Adams, Colorado)
William `B' FREEMAN 6 June 11, 2007 Sherman, Texas
Robin OLDS 17 June 14, 2007 Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Austin LeRoy OLSEN 5 June 15, 2007 Cuernavaca, Mexico *
Paul Edward OLSON 5 June 15, 2007 Lexington, Kentucky +
David Patterson PHILIPS III 5 June 19, 2007 Elk Rapids, Michigan
Michael Joseph JACKSON 8 July 5, 2007 Marlton, New Jersey +
Morton David MAGOFFIN 5 July 9, 2007 Pleasanton, California
Jack Otto WATSON 5 July 18, 2007 Stafford, Virginia +
Archie Glenn DONAHUE 14 July 30, 2007 Rio Hondo, Texas
Elvin Lester LINDSAY 8 August 7, 2007 Salt River, near Canyon Lake, Arizona (fishing) +
Walter Axel LUNDIN 6.5 September 2, 2007 Port Saint Lucie, Florida +
David Lee HILL 15.25 October 11, 2007 Terrell Hills/San Antonio, Texas +
Norman Wesley MOLLARD, Jr 6 October 29, 2007 Palestine, Texas +

Rest in peace, gentlemen.

Frank Olynyk.
Historian, American Fighter Aces Association.

Frank Olynyk 24th November 2007 08:18

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
Two USMC aces.

Robert Gordon Owens, Jr. died October 31, 2007 in Boulder, Colorado.

Jefferson Joseph DeBlanc died Friday, November 23, 2007 in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was the recipient of the Medal of Honor. And a PhD in Education.

Frank.

Sabredog 24th November 2007 22:43

Re: American Aces Died in 2007
 
L/c R W McClurg USMC
Flew with the "Black Sheep" VMF 211. 7 confirmed 2 prob DFC with 4 GS Air Medal w 7 GS
Hope it helps
Hugh


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