Last fighter mission of the European war was flown by these 9th AF P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber pilots. They took off on a fighter sweep to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Upon their return, they learn from Sgt. Raymond Touchstone, Broken Bow, OK, (extreme right) that the war was over. Left to Right: 2nd Lt. Willie K. Johnson, 1498 Obrig Ave., Gunterville, AL, 2nd Lt. Donald M. Cohen, 272 Linwood St., New Brittain, CT, Flight Officer Robert T. Mankey 800 W. Ferry St., Buffalo, NY; Flight Officer William J. Matthews, Box 23 Rachel, West VA, 2nd Lt. Norman R. Reinecke, Severn, MD, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Jones, RFD #2 Menden, MI, Sgt. Raymond Touchstone, Box 307, BrokenBow, OK, and on the wing, 1st Lt. John J. Hagen, 821 Ferguson Ave., Dayton , OH.
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