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Lt. Clarence D. "Lucky" Lester

Lt. Clarence D.

Lt. Clarence D. Lester was a skilled pilot serving with the 332nd Fighter Group.  He was called "Lucky" by his buddies because (among other things) his plane remained undamaged even when he shot-down three enemy planes - in less than five minutes - on July 18, 1944.

In this photo, taken by a U.S. Army Air Force photographer sometime in 1944, we see Lester (at the controls of his P-51C which he called "Miss-Pelt").  He is pointing to something on his windshield which his crew chief, Staff Sgt. Conige C. Mormon, will take care of before Lester takes-off from Ramitelli Air Base.

Lester remained on active duty, with the U.S. Air Force, for 28 years.  He died of cancer, in March of 1986, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  To read more about him, check out the "Clarence Lucky Lester" section of The Tuskegee Airmen:  The Men Who Changed a Nation (beginning at page 318.)

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Media Credits

Photo by U.S. Army Air Force photographer, online courtesy National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

 

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