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Five months later he was one of the first hundred pilots to complete advanced training. Fitzhenry was promoted to first lieutenant deservedly but also on a technicality. By regulation at the time no four-engine aircraft commander could be less than a first lieutenant. A few of the previous upperclassmen who ended up taking orders from him weren't so happy.
During a period of inactivity, prior to flying into harms way, Fitzhenry and the usual suspects of the Scootin Thunder particularly Bob Houser; co-pilot, and Bill Harris; bombardier were no strangers in getting themselves into mischief. He recollected times when they would take their plane and fly it to places they shouldn't be and doing things they shouldn't be doing. The old saying 'boys will be boys' applies here.
I ended up wearing both boots and that's how I got the nickname 'boots,'" Fitzhenry chuckled. The fun and games were over. There was no more advanced flight training or simulations. It was time to get serious - this next flight would mean life or death.
The bloody campaign in the Battle of Guadalcanal was nearing a resolution prior to Fitzhenry and company swooping down to engage from a bird's eye view. Fitzhenry was notorious for toting along his 16mm camera everywhere he went, even in the heat of battle, he still managed to to snap pictures of the enemy up close. Fitzhenry's squadron of Bs, along with allied planes from Australia and New Zealand, flew in close formation to allow maximum coverage while firing their.
We'd see these Roman Candle-like tracers come out from a dark spot in the night like a string of beads coming toward us, but we were never hit," Fitzhenry recalled in his first trip to Kahili. Traveling toward a target we would all sing a hymn called "Whispering Hope" and then returning back we would sing "Amazing Grace," Fitzhenry remembered. That's the type of crew that works close together," he said. Fitzhenry recollected witnessing several occasions where friends who were flying beside him were not as fortunate to come out alive and unharmed.
I still visualize and reminisce on the aircrafts that went down," Fitzhenry said. To this day if he drives past a crash site that's burning it automatically triggers a pile of B parts scattered on a runway. But those of us who have survived have died and re-died in the recall of the comrades that didn't make it," Fitzhenry said softly. When asked why he thinks he and his crew were the lucky ones he simply said, "We have no idea except it had to be a miracle. For some reason the lord had something else for us to do.
Fitzhenry was awarded 10 Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses on behalf of his extraordinary achievement displayed in the combat missions of the South Western Pacific Theater during Edit Article Add New Article. Toggle navigation Menu. Don't have an account? Sign Up Today. Facebook Twitter.
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Man drives onto Love Field runway, starts yelling "Jihad". Bad Luck for Delta Flt US Airways , smoke event in aft lavatory. What's your call sign? A real Channel Master. A tax break for you Loose dog at KBOS. American med emergency at sea, expedited JFK arrival.
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JFK twr a bit irked. Cactus air conditioning problem. KBOS tower, Automatic response AA pilot passes out. Odd signal at JFK. FedEx - tailstrike at DEN. Hungry Passengers, Thirsty Plane. AAL Emergency. Heavy traffic at KBOS. Gone Fishing. Moe go-arounds at JFK. The Pessimist. Birds disrupt operations at KBOS. ATC departue info. Overwhelmed ATC in Barcelona.
Pilot Technique ZBW Stuck Mic. When you gotta go, you go. Spirit Wings vs. Laser pointed at aircraft - "genitally challenged". KBOS Xmas Captain forgot to bring the duct tape. Who's right or who's left? Audio of EK Snowstorm frustrations at JFK. Election day at KBOS.
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California Pacific Airlines. Re: "Hey don't bother me no more Re: LAX Flight check go-around. If you're unfamiliar with an airport, it's not a good idea to fly there. KBFL: Comanche makes an emergency landing in onion field. Pilatus PC crash. Eagle blown nose wheel tire ORD audio. Go and Touch at FRG. Unusual call by BOS twr. Re: Near miss with unidentifed South of Denver. Air Berlin, "Good night, Lady! Bird strike while landing at ORD. Space shuttle "looky-looky". Time for a question? Triple diversion, single pilot IFR. Delta bird strike - loss of one engine - return to JFK.
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KPHL-baggage cart blown near the runway. Me-NCT In position, clears wrong aircraft for takeoff, then another to land. FDX does not want to go swimming. Not on TCAS. CRJ has two flapless landings hours apart. AAL engine fire indication. Re: We're not the cops Tower not helping guy outside aircraft threatening pilot. Snow time at KBOS. MAH refused approach at Sofia,diverted to Budapest. Windy day at KROC. Re: hand held scanner I need to subtitle for this ATC help Christmas with Boston John.
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Tight traffic at KBOS. Controller asking pilot for low pass - people watching first time A landing. This is JFK, right? Delta 31 medical emergancy. Minor miscues at KBOS today. Re: "Isn't looking good for us" go around for a PIREP for birthday calls? Alaska Oakland to Kahului - Struck flock of geese on takeoff. JFK count your blessings. Square Dancing Champion on board. Any Audio? This guy's not too happy Red Arrows Transit to Leuchars.
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Not on this frequency! Oshkosh "Collision" on Fisk Arrival.
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Re: kbhm divertion. BTA "We'll work on that". Was that a NO!!?? We need another minute, "ok I am Going to time you".. Delta Possible Security Breech, Return to the gate! JFK Tower recommends driving lessons. Technically he's a peckerhead! American Overfly Airport Man in Lavatory!! Re: Jetblue Multiple Canada Geese strike. Re: New Shanwick Feed from Dundalk ireland. UAL 27 Fire in the Cockpit. JFK Plane decides to go home upon advisory from Tower. Air Force One lands in Buffalo. AAL busted engine. Re: Metalic microphone. KTVC student, lost? KBUR Runway incursion Midwestern fireball - probably meteor.
Dodger Stadium - Opening Day Flyover. KWHP: "airplanes everywhere". It can be so hard to leave JFK. Shoe Fire Broadcasts: "here we go again". Re: Easter earthquake in Baja. Who can hear what the pilot said? LA, Cactus AAL - pos. AAL 70kt overtake on landing. Can anybody help me to figure out what the two pilots say in the transmittion. NZ Malibu Crash in Roanoke. QFA5 Emergency 30th March. Tail strike at JFK. Just another day at Whiteman Class D. Re: AA - Pressurization problem Pilots having fun at KBOS.
KBOS wind shear go arounds. Direct Where? United KSNA Just another evening with Boston John. Re: Captain C. Re: Controller in trouble for letting child direct air traffic at Kennedy Airport. Spirit Landing with Eyes closed!! Captain C. Re: anyone know whos kid that was at jfk tower today? Snowstorm makes things hectic at O'Hare.
SkyWest and United are Wing Men!! KSFO Controller Wants A Vacation! Air Canada Out Of Comm. American B near New York on Feb 21st , burning smell.
I want your job Sure is quiet here - ZOA in the morning. Re: A Moment with Boston John! ZOA testing the patience of Cathay pilot. A Moment with Boston John! Palo Alto Plane crash. Re: Marine Controller flying through our airspace so we messed with him. An exchange with JFK Tower over the effect of deicing agent on runway. Cessna Engine Emergency over So Cal.
Cessna touchdown on NJ Turnpike. Unidentified sound discussion on Air China "communicating " with ATC edited. Fed Ex Humor. Cactus "on the miss" - KROC 1. American and United both go around! Re: JFK! Whats the bottom of a super like? You have not moved an inch! KTVC nerd. Re: JFK Just a few interesting exchanges. JFK Just a few interesting exchanges. Travis Rapcon Evacuation. Re: United hydraulics problem getting gear down to SNA. John's NF. Austral pilot makes emergency landing in Tucuman, Argentina. Another Glorious Day In Paradise! CYA in American Eagle style!
Contact "She"cago Departure Alaska Medical Situation. United Aborts Takeoff!! A little turbulance? FLG - carbon monoxide in cockpit. Boeing Dreamliner ATC. This guy sounds like he's in a bad mood. BA Tower Tape. A family of possums crossing at Oakland.
Let's talk in rhythm! Left Side or Right Side? Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this flight service to Philadelphia! Oh hell, wrong frequency. Cactus were to high, going around!! Nov 24 from min. Re: Cleared To Land I Guess. Air Force One leaving Tokyo. We've got a great visual on him! Cleared To Land Liveatc mentioned by tower controller on frequency - KPVU.
Comair doesn't want to talk to Ground. JFK joker keep jokin' Call the tower please. JFK tower and comair "awww man Airforce One "Welcome to San Francisco". LH JFK damages tyres prior take-off. Blue Angels San Francisco radio calls - "Knock it off MD80 engine failure - handled professionally.
Blue Angels San Francisco radio calls - "a little pullll KCLT tower evacuation Oct 1. Helicopter Encounters Mechanical Problems. Re: Sullenberger and Skiles Fly Today. Hey tower how're ya doin? HF from the eighties. Re: Mystery Interference Short Bursts. Green laser near Buffalo. Raider 01 Oakland Coliseum Fly-by. Aeromexico hijacked at MMMX. A punch in stomach! Air Refueling Chatter. Contact mission control :. Jet Blue 63 smell in cabin emergency at JFK. Jet Blue NY style. What real None-stop flight is! Cyaaaa in Comair style :. THY asked to go around after landing clearance. Altitude problem again?
AAL feeling sassy? Miss by ft then just plays it cool. Worth KDFW. Re: JFK Paraglider. Turtle Strike. F Dump and burn over Brisbane, Australia. JFK "Cya! Got buzzed by Sully Sullenberger. Boston John enjoys his job. AA lands at LAX with no clearance Good humor for the option at Oakland International. Re: The event that is Air Force One. Re: Information on Vancouver plane incident. Thanks to the OAK feed Pilot in command announcement. AFR not happy with Boston Center. One injured. Delta 98 fuel low at KJFK. Gorgeous voice from Eagle Flight once again :. Contact approach vs. Visual approach.
Sticky mike in Amsterdam. EGPF Audio. Re: Wrong freq! Northern Colorado Med Evac bird strike-good job! One in, one out when IFR. Chopper chit chat at Boston. Having a hard time reading altitude. Wrong freq! SBGL: Dog stops partially a runway. DC blows nose gear tire on landing at BWI.