Warbird Information Exchange

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this site are the responsibility of the poster and do not reflect the views of the management.
It is currently Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:26 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Click here to goto Amazon.com


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:28 pm 
Offline
Corporal
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:18 pm
Posts: 15
Location: Aurora, CO
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Robert Milliken on December 26th. Bob was the sole surviving fighter ace of the 474th Fighter Group and the last P-38 pilot to achieve ace status in the ETO. Bob and I became good friends several years ago and I had the privilege of personally interviewing him on several occasions about his combat experiences. His memory was always extremely sharp despite the passage of time. I felt like I was right there with him in the cockpit every time I listened to one of his stories. His nickname was "Swat" and that was the noseart he had on his P-38 along with the bucking bronco logo of the University of Wyoming.

_________________
474th Fighter Group (WWII) Association President/Historian


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:22 am 
Offline
Wing Commander
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 30, 2011 11:37 pm
Posts: 228
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Sorry to hear. Any links to more info on him? Sounds like an interesting guy.

_________________
Better is the enemy of Good.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:31 am 
Offline
Group Captain

Joined: Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:19 pm
Posts: 406
There's a short bit here:

http://www.worldnavalships.com/aces.php?PilotID=3324

http://trib.com/honor/wwii/st-lt-robert ... 80f8c.html

Also a book:

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/ ... edir_esc=y


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:03 pm 
Offline
Corporal
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:18 pm
Posts: 15
Location: Aurora, CO
Bob actually has two biographies. One (mentioned in the previous text) is titled Swat's Story by Vern E. Shelton. The other is titled Fork-Tail Devil by James G. Speight. You can find it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Fork-Tail-Devil- ... 1496964233. Bob is also mentioned in John Stanaway's excellent Osprey book "P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO". I was just in my local Barnes and Noble today when I found a great book on America's Fighter Aces. It's titled Wings of Valor by Nick Del Calzo and can also be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Wings-Valor-Hono ... 1591146410. Bob has a nice write up in this book as well.

_________________
474th Fighter Group (WWII) Association President/Historian


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:41 am 
Offline
Wing Commander
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 30, 2011 11:37 pm
Posts: 228
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Thanks for all the links guys. Good stuff and thanks for posting.

_________________
Better is the enemy of Good.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group