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Red check NEW! Preddy Memorial Foundation 
George E. Preddy, Jr. joined the 9th Pursuit Squadron / 49th Pursuit
Group P-40 fighter pilots in Australia in March 1942. The 9PS operations 
campsite was located at an area near Humpty Doo, giving the 9th their nickname "Fighters of Humpty Doo." 
"The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure that Major George E. Preddy, Jr., 
his brother Lt. William R. Preddy, and their comrades at arms will continue to 
be honored for their significant contribution to victory during World War II." 


Red checkCombat Chronology of the USAF
This is Jack McKillop's Combat Chronology of World War II. 
All sources are listed on this page.


AIR FORCE COMBAT UNITS OF WORLD WAR II, Office of Air Force History, Headquarters USAF, 1961, ISBN 0-912799-02-1


COMBAT SQUADRONS OF THE AIR FORCE, WORLD WAR II, Office of Air Force History, Headquarters USAF 1982


THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by the Office of Air Force History, Headquarters USAF, 1973


THE MIGHTY EIGHTH WAR DIARY by Roger A. Freeman, ISBN 1-85409-071-2

 7th Fighter Squadron 
Webmaster-David A. Bamburg  has created a 
7th Fighter Squadron Reunion Organization website. 
The site contains 7FS history, a message board, guest book, 
squadron pictures, and more! Be sure to visit! 

Red checkPacific Wreck Database
Comprehensive guide to WWII Pacific Wrecks. Search through 
MIA discoveries: regions, air fields. Recent wreck discoveries 
and more; can subscribe to their newsletter.

  The Rescue of Walt Koby 
Great feature article of Walt Koby's rescue during 

  The Unofficial Surrender of Japan By Clay Tice 
The Unofficial Surrender of Japan By Clay Tice (USAF ret).
"If you are a WW2 history buff, ....... This is a verbatim copy 
of my report:"

  Aerothentic Publications 
World Authorities on the US Fifth Air Force in WW2
From Australia to the Philippines during WWII. Michael 
John Claringbould presents his books about the 5th Air Force. 
Many photographs; see the P-40 named 'Texas Longhorn' 
assigned to the 9FS, Port Moresby, 1943; and many others, 
including the Pacific bombers. 

Red check   7th Fighter Squadron  (WWII)
Great story about the "Fighter Aces of the 7th FS" 
by C.C. Jordan.

  49th Pursuit Group of WWII in Australia
Excellent information featuring all 3 pursuit squadrons- 
7th, 8th, & 9th
from early Darwin days. Many photos 
of P-40 crashes, plus actual drawings of Sauber/Preddy 
mid-air collision. Also features other fighter/bomber groups. 

tick_red.gif (866 bytes)  Australian War Memorial 
Locate historical documents. Click on photographs for access 
to database of 200,000 photos; to search use keywords: 
or 49th Fighter Group or 1942
Also visit the subsection, Australia-Japan Research Project - for future 
generations to know correct accounts of what happened 
during WWII.

  Selfridge Field and the Beginnings of Air Power 
Visit the Detroit News column about Selfridge Field and the 
Beginnings of Air Power.

Red check   The Air Force Historical Research Agency 
Click on AFHRA's "Aerial Victory Credits", then 
"World War II Aerial Victories" for an index list of 
fighter pilot names, dates of victory credits. 

  U.S. Fighter and the Aces Hall of Fame
A great write up all about Major Gerald Johnson  
(Captain & CO of the 9FS, 1943; and 49FG CO, 1944).

Red checkMilitaria.com
A place for military collectors & military historians.

Red check WEB-BIRDS: Warbirds on the Web
A great site with links to other fighter/bomber groups, 
WWII planes, etc.

Red checkAviation Enthusiast Corner
Aircraft, museums, current air shows, aircraft history, etc.

Red checkWarbirds Resource Group
Various organized groups (USAAF) associated with warbirds.


Aviation Art - Collectibles Sites...


Red check S.W. Ferguson 
Co-author of "Protect & Avenge: The 49th Fighter Group in WWII"
Historian and accomplished aviation artist; some of his fine artwork 
is featured in the book.

Red checkGeorge Rarey's World War II Air Force Cartoon Journals
See these delightful cartoons by Capt. George Rarey of the 379FS .
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  Stenberg Aviation Art Gallery 
Fine signed warbird artwork from WWI to 1939, 
WWII Aviation Art, Military Aircraft/Helicopters 1946 to 
present. Several 9FS signed limited editions of 
Andrew J. Reynolds' plane signed by James A. Watkins. Also 7FS 
Robert DeHaven, and 7FS Joel Paris.

tick_red.gif (866 bytes)Leisure Galleries
Fine signed aviation & military memorabilia. Plus ace signed
prints by aviation artist Robert Taylor.

Quizmos Ltd. Insignia Patches and Keychains 
Get your very own WWII Heritage patches of the 
7th, 8th, & 9th Fighter Squadrons, plus cloth keychains. (From 
USAF insignia, go to 49th Fighter Wing.)

7FS WWII Heritage patch - Bunyap 8FS WWII Heritage patch - Black Sheep 9FS WWII Heritage patch - Flying Knights (bar sinister!)


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All links updated: February 22, 2005