CHINO - Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts its monthly Living History Event on Saturday.

The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at 7000 Merrill Ave., Chino. Doors open at 9 a.m.

The theme for the event is the "Little Friends/Bomber Escorts," featuring the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

The featured speaker is retired Lt. Col. Sandy Ross, a P-47 pilot during World War II.

Following the presentation the P-47 will perform a demonstration flight and at noon there will also be a membership-sponsored raffle flight.

Ross was a Cal Aero Academy student graduate. After pilot training during the war he transitioned to the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter at Strother Field, Kansas.

Assigned to the European theater of operations Ross received orders to train for combat at Atcham Field in Shrewsbury, England.

In June of 1944, he was assigned to the 390th Fighter Squadron - 366th Fighter Group - stationed at airfield A-70 near Laon-Couvron, France, following the invasion of Normandy.

As a P-47 fighter pilot, Sandy Ross is credited with downing two German Fw 190 fighters and completed 51 combat missions.

One of those downings saved the life of his wingman, the squadron leader.

Ross was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this victory and for other mission accomplishments. After the war, he left active duty and transitioned to the reserves. Ross became a helicopter pilot, flying the H-23 Raven, with the Army National Guard and later switched to the Army Reserve.

Ross is a past president of the P-47 Pilots Association.


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