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Old 3rd May 2015, 23:00
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

Mark,
Sandy Moats is still alive as far as I know.

Where did you find mention of Alden Rigby's death? I can't find reference to it.

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Old 4th May 2015, 00:06
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

BERTELSON, Richard Lauren. 5. May 2, 2015, Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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Old 5th May 2015, 17:48
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Hello Frank!!!

Great to hear from you buddy!! I saw it posted by his son on Facebook. I'm sure that it will be announced in the local paper soon.

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Old 5th May 2015, 17:51
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Hello David!!!

Hope everything is going well. Glad that they named the new princess after your daughter!!!

Perhaps this would be best discussed as a Private Message. Can you drop me a note???

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Old 5th May 2015, 23:08
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

RIGBY, Alden Peter. 5. May 3, 2015, Bountiful, Utah.

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Old 7th May 2015, 20:42
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

Frank,

In your published works you have Rigby with 4.0 vics. One on Nov. 27, 1944, 2 plus 2 half shares on Jan. 1, 1945. Is there a fifth claim?

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Old 8th May 2015, 15:33
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

I think Sanford Moats from the 352nd FG is still alive and well? He might be the last Blue Noser ace still with us.
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Old 22nd June 2015, 22:01
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Re: American Aces Died in 2015

FASH, Robert Paul. 6. June 14, 2015, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.

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Old 31st July 2015, 13:04
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McGRAW, Joseph Dennis. 5. July 24, 2015, Burlington, Washington.

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Old 31st July 2015, 13:13
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Alden Rigby

Tom,
Some years ago Alden Rigby approached the American Fighter Aces Association to request that his two shares on January 1, 1945 be changed to full credit. The AFAA VCB did so. His attempts to get the USAF to make a similar change have failed. In reading his combat report for January 1, 1945, it is obvious to me that he did not in fact share those two victories. His combat report gives half credit to an unknown P-47 pilot in one case, and to an unknown P-51 pilot in the other. From his description, in both cases, I would conclude that both unknown pilots managed only minor damage to the corresponding German aircraft. In one case, from memory, he says that the American pilot got a hit, or hits, in the wing tip. None of the P-47 or P-51 claims at that airfield are for shared kills, or even for damage. I think in both cases, if Alden had claimed full credit for the destruction, with damaged credit to the unknown pilots, he would have been awarded full credit.

Unfortunately for Alden, the USAF takes the view that they are unwilling to change the credits that were claimed and awarded at that time.

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