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|Painting by Domonic
DeNardo of Sutcliffe's
epic air battle.
Sutcliffe's story was
featured on the History
Channel's Dog Fights
|Henry "Buck" Yandel
Luftwaffe Pilot who shot down Lt. Rolland Potter.
Read more on page 136 in "Second to None"
nose art "Little Okie"
|D3-N "Little Friend" - "Yum-Yum"
Pilot: Lt. Patrick
Crew Chief: Sgt. "Yummy" Billinger
|Tote Talbott graduated
from West Point in 1943
and served for over 30
years retiring as a
Lieutenant General in 1974.
His assignments included
Operations Officer 368th
FG, Commander 322nd FG
(1954), 366th TFW (1962),
Commander 366th TFW
with service in Vietnam
(1966), Vice Commander
10th AF (1968), Vice
Commander 9th AF (1969),
Vietnam: Director of
Operations MACV (1972),
Vice Commander Pacific
Air Forces (1973).
Tote Talbott completed his
career with over 4500
On Sept. 4th, 1955, Carlos
"Tote" Talbott flew his
F-100C across the USA
from coast to coast,
a distance of 2325 miles at
an average speed of
610.726 mph and was
awarded the Bendix Trophy.
Read entire official USAF
|Manuel K. Soo
KIA flying P-51D in the 8th Air Force during his second tour in Europe
|Lt. General Carlos "Tote" Talbott, USAF Retired
|Tote Talbott's P-47D-15-RE
Commander 397th FS
|Perego, Sparks, & Talbott
|Flight Journal Magazine February 2006 Issue features a wonderful story about
the 368th FG and Tote Talbott.
This was wrote by our Historian Tim Grace with Lt. General Tote Talbott.
"When Chivalry Was Not Dead"
Thunderbolt pilot earns the ultimate praise
Drifting down in his parachute, his Thunderbolt a spiraling pyre of smoke and
flame below, “Tote” Talbott saw the four Messerschmitts coming toward him
and knew it was the end. He had just shot down two of their comrades, but as
the airplanes circled him, each pilot gave him a salute.
True warriors respect other warriors.
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|Wright, Krauss, & Yandel
|Lt Kenneth Wenk in flight
|Lt Kenneth Wenk ditched this
P-47 into a lake in Germany
|Milton Weinstein in his F-86 Sabre
|LTC Russell O'Connell
with his AC-119K Gunship in Vietnam
|Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carlos Maurice Talbott (0-25797),
Captain (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 397th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat
against enemy forces on 11 September 1944, during an air mission over in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, Captain
Talbott found his squadron of P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes outnumbered three to one by German fighters over Belgium. The Luftwaffe
fighters were flying at 20,000 feet, well above their intended American targets, and had positioned themselves to block the return to the
base of the Thunderbolts, which were low on fuel and ammunition. Captain Talbott ended up alone at 15,000 feet after losing his element
leader and wingman, but he still downed two German fighters and disrupted the enemy formation's attack before his plane was shot down.
As Captain Talbott parachuted to the ground, he was amazed to see the four pursuing Luftwaffe pilots salute him before flying away.
Captain Talbott'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. 97 (1944)