at the IPMS Nationals, 6 July 2001
The IPMS 2001 convention will be held July 4 to 7 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago).
Eagle Editions is hosting a Fighter Pilots' Symposium to be held on Friday July 6th from 1 to 4 pm in the TWA room at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont.
Three pilots, Hon. Mel Paisley, Hans-Ekkehard Bob and Oscar Boesch have accepted our invitation to share their combat flying experiences with us.
Tickets are only USD$20.00 each and may be ordered on-line, by fax, phone, email or regular snail mail.
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear these personalities speak about their flying experiences during WWII!
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Honorable Mel Paisley
The Leading Ninth Air Force P-47 Ace
Flying his P-47, La Mort, with the 390th FS of the 366th FG, 9th Air Force in 172 combat sorties, Mel Paisley claimed nine air victories and received 21 decorations, including the nation's second highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross. His most noted mission was leading the air defense of Asch Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge (Bodenplatte) on January 1, 1945. A member of the American Fighter Aces, he is the leading 9th Air Force Thunderbolt Ace. Mel pursued a career in the aerospace industry after the war and later was appointed as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. He and his wife Vicki co-authored his autobiography ACE! which provides the reader an exciting view of his growing up during the Depression and his days with the 39th FS as an American Fighter Pilot during WWII.
Luftwaffe pilot with JG 54 Green Hearts
One of the Luftwaffe's leading personalities, Hans-Ekkehard Bob achieved 60 confirmed victories flying over 700 missions during his long and varied career as a fighter pilot. Starting in 1939 he fought in the Battle of France and in the Battle of Britain with 9./JG 54 Green Hearts. On 1 August 1943 he was appointed to IV./JG 51 as the Gruppenkommandeur in the Eastern Front, then to fly home defense as Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 3 on 9 May 1944. In August 1944 he served as Kommandeur of II./JG EJG 2 until joining General Adolf Galland in the famous JV 44 flying the Me 262 Turbos on 1 April 1945. Major Bob was awarded the coveted Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 7 March 1941. He co-authored a book on his experiences with JG 54 Green Hearts.
Luftwaffe Sturmstaffel pilot
After being caught in a devastating bombing raid in April 1944, Oscar Boesch vowed to do everything possible to opposed the destructive bombing raids over Germany. He volunteered for a controversial new Luftwaffe fighter unit whose purpose was to bring down the bombers at any cost or sacrifice, ramming them if necessary. This unit was Sturmstaffel 1, which soon became part of IV. Sturm/JG 3 "Udet". Amazingly he survived four crash landings and was forced to bail out 4 times. After 120 missions he was one of the few survivors of this elite unit. Oscar Boesch achieved 20 victories (18 confirmed). To this day Oscar still is featured as a record-holding soaring pilot at air shows throughout the US and Canada.
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