70 Years On: A Tribute to S.B.'s Most Highly Decorated Fighter Pilots, 1942-1945
Hear the amazing stories of highly decorated WWII veterans General Michael Rogers, Colonel Hugh ‘Rowdy’ Dow, and Lieutenant William Davis III at a luncheon presented by Pierre Clayessens Veteran's Museum and Channel City Club.
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Cost: $30 - $40
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Special Events
RSVP to Judith Hill, (805) 884-6636. $30 per prior to April 13; $40 at the door.
Luncheon and symposium moderated by Colonel Noel Zampot, Commander of Edwards Air Force Base Test Pilot School; introduction by Maj. Gen. Phil Conley, USAF, (Ret) and Lt. John W. Blankenship, USNR. Come hear the amazing stories of these highly decorated veteran’s in a once in a lifetime opportunity. These men were among the rare few who were clearly the best fighter pilots.
Lt. William Davis, III
Awarded the Navy Cross, Lieutenant William Davis, III was cited for “extraordinary heroism” while serving as pilot of a carrier based fighter aircraft on October 25, 1944. “Flying through intense anti-aircraft fire,” the citation read, “he made an aggressive attack on a Japanese carrier, first strafing and then delivering a well placed bomb from low altitude. After this attack the carrier was left burning and subsequently sank.” The burning carrier was the Zuikaku, the last Japanese carrier afloat that had taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack.
Colonel Hugh “Rowdy” Dow
Hugh “Rowdy” Dow, Silver Star recipient, attempted to join the Royal Canadian AF in 1940, but his Father made him wait until turning 18 the following year. He received his wings in April, 1942 flying Hurricanes until Sept 1942 when he transferred to the United States AA Corps. He flew P-39s with the 350th Fighter Group and the 346th Fighter Squadron and was sent to North Africa in Operation Torch. He was then transferred to Sardinia and Corsica in the Mediterranean and flew P47D while becoming Commander of the 347th FS. He was shot down 22 January 1945 and imprisoned in Mooseberg, Germany until being liberated on 21 April 1945 along with 33,000 other POWs. He remained in the Air Force for 31 years of dedicated service.
General Michael Rogers
General Michael Rogers enlisted as a private in April 1942, became an aviation cadet in August 1942, and completed pilot training and received a commission as a second lieutenant in 1943. During WW II, General Rogers served as a P-39 pilot with the 353d Fighter Squadron. He moved with the squadron to the European Theater of Operations, flew P-51 aircraft and became squadron commander. He is a fighter ace, credited with 12 enemy aircraft while flying from bases in England, Italy and France. He received the Silver Star, among numerous decorations, and served 37 years in the US Air Force.
Event posted March 14, 2012
Last updated March 14, 2012