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Russell O'Connell
Lt Patrick
397th Fighter Squadron Photo Album Page O - Z
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
Robert Sharp
Capt. Eugene M. Potter
KIA 07July44
MACR #6645, Shot down by
FW-190 near Floret L'Eveque,
P-47D-22-RE 42-25881
Cemetery:  Brittany F-4-3
Harry Rogal
Clifford Price
Theo Nau
Luftwaffe Pilot who shot down Lt. Rolland Potter.
Read more on page 136 in "Second to None"
1st Lt. Roland C. Potter
KIA 14Jan45
MACR #11784, Shot down by Me-109 near Mannheim, Germany.
P-47D 42-29301
Cemetery:  Initially buried in local cemetery in Heltersberg, then in
1947 he was moved to Nebraska.
Russell O'Connell
nose art "Little Okie"
D3-N "Little Friend" - "Yum-Yum"
P-47D-27-RE 42-26924
Pilot:  Lt. Patrick
Crew Chief:  Sgt. "Yummy" Billinger
Warner Sparks
Robert Stevens
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
flying hours.

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
George Sutcliffe
John Tuite
Commander 397th FS
Perego, Sparks, & Talbott
Raymond Thompson
Milton Weinstein
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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Orville Weale
Lt Yandel became one of the few pilots to engage and
shoot down the famous German Me-262 Jet Fighter.
Wright, Krauss, & Yandel
2nd Lt. Jack J. White
KIA 25Dec44
MACR #11423, Shot down by
flak while strafing near
Dahlem, Germany.
P-47D-28-RE 44-19961
Netherlands O-3-6
Lt Kenneth Wenk in flight
Lt Kenneth Wenk ditched this
P-47 into a lake in Germany
Milton Weinstein in his F-86 Sabre
Pat Signe
Bill Wright
John Tuite enilisted in the Army Air Corp in 1939.  Prior to
joining the 368th FG he flew in the Aleutians and
Anti-Submarine patrols in Florida.

Photo to the left is one of John Tuite's previous units that
flew Vultee A-31 Vengeance attack planes.

Photos courtesy of his son Jack Tuite.
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)
Marvin Rosvold
2nd Lt. William Preston
KIA 03Nov44
MACR # ?, Shot down by flak near
K-467373, Belgium.
P-47D ?
Cemetery:  Visalia Public Cemetery
          Visalia, CA