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George Ohlman
396th Fighter Squadron Photo Album Page O-R
Irv Ostuw &
C2-Q "Leaky Joe"
Prior to pilot training
Henry Olson was a P-40
Crew Chief with the 3rd
Squardon "Hell's Angels"
AVG "Flying Tigers" in
China.  Olson learned to
fly P-40's while in China
and was allowed to ferry

Official AVG Site
Charles W. Romine
Bob Pace
Paul J. Quilty
A word about this photo:
Taken at A-3 just after the 396th returned from a mission.
Pictured center is Lt Paul Quilty who had just witnessed his good friend go down.
This photo speaks a thousand words.

Squadron narrative 13Aug44:
"Lt. C. H. Olson led White Flight on the third mission
for the day. While in the target area, "Big Olie" was hit by a barrage of light flak,
pulled up and bailed out at 1,500 feet. When Lt. Quilty orbited the spot where the
chute hit the ground, it had disappeared."
Lt Olsen is buried at the Normandy Cemetery.
Oliver "Ode" Ryerson
Paul Quilty with
Crew Chief Howard Carter
Henry "Little Olie" Olson
Stalag Luft ?
Paul Quilty's birthday party
Ralph W. Scott
Lt Scott flew "Leaky Joe 5"
after Irv Ostuw left Europe
Henry "Little Olie" Olson
Photo taken in 1941 while a
member of the AVG
Distinguished Service Cross Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service
Cross to Henry L. Olson (0-815376), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for
extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while
serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 396th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group,
NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 October 1944. First Lieutenant
Olson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United
States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
1st Lt. Clarence H. "Big Olie" Olson
KIA 13Aug44
MACR #7643, Shot down by flak while
strafing near Lefford, France.
P-47D 42-25752
 Normandy C-14-47
KIA 14June44
MACR # ?, Engine failure
during mission over France.
P-47D ?
Cemetery:  Unknown
Joe Peknarnik
Reno holding a German MG42 Machine Gun
TSgt Richard Pottberg
Photos from album of TSgt Richard Pottberg
Aircraft Mechanic & Crew Chief
Lt. Jack Robbins
David C. Parrish Jr.
FW-190 & Me-109
David Parrish Jr. was inducted into the
Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame