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The last group to engage in battle in World War II, the 507th Fighter Group accomplished a great deal during its short service from July 1 to Aug. 15, 1945. The group flew more than 8,700 combat hours in 1,492 combat sorties and destroyed 38 Japanese aircraft in the air. The 507th Fighter Group was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with three battle stars – China Offensive, Ryukus Campaign, and the Air Offensive Japan Campaign, and the Distinguished Unit of Citation.

The museum opened the 507th Fighter Group Gallery on Thursday, October 8, 2009, prior to the CAF AIRSHO 2009, with a small reception for museum members and family members of Earle Craig and Earl Rodman, local businessmen and 507th veterans who helped make the gallery a reality.



"At a time when history seems to be subject to revision, the exhibits at the CAF ensure that our young people receive an accurate, historical account of events leading up to and including World War II."--Lisa Epperson, speaking on behalf of Earle Craig, local community leader and 507th veteran




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