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luftluuver
09-03-2008, 05:14 PM
Colonel Donald James Matthew Blakeslee - September 11, 1917 - September 3, 2008

fair weather and blue skies

crucislancer
09-03-2008, 05:41 PM
Ah, man. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

RIP, Colonel Blakeslee.

staticline1
09-03-2008, 05:50 PM
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Great pilot, he will be missed.

JSG72
09-03-2008, 05:57 PM
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Undoubtabley. A Pilot recognised by all WW2 and after. Hobbiests and Historians.

SeaFireLIV
09-03-2008, 06:08 PM
Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Hangman68
09-03-2008, 06:16 PM
sad news indeed i hope someday we can all meet these legends and heros of the skies in a much better place, oh the stories and tales we will hear! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Col._King
09-03-2008, 07:48 PM
~S~

R.I.P.

Condolences to the Family....

BillyTheKid_22
09-03-2008, 07:49 PM
http://www.elknet.pl/acestory/foto1/blake1.jpg



http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif S!!

X32Wright
09-03-2008, 08:28 PM
My condolence to the family and thanks for the brave sacrifices you have done for freedom and against tyranny.

Yippee.
09-03-2008, 08:33 PM
Thank you Don, goodbye.

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http://www.fourthfightergroup.com/images/resource/blakeclr.jpg

Rjel
09-03-2008, 09:07 PM
Man, that one hurts. Never met the man but I've read everything I could find on him. He wasn't a glory hound. It took years of collecting videos to ever find an interview with him. Even at an advanced age his blue eyes still looked like they could cut through steel. I hope someone will do a biography on him soon. Men like him are far and few between.

Rest in peace Col. Don. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Enforcer572005
09-04-2008, 12:59 AM
Oh man. He was one of the first aces I studied when I was a kid just getting into this. I still have most of my books with that shot of him looking up out of the 51 cockpit. He was one of the first air leaders we had in Europe, and was in it from the beginning. Where do we find such men?

Salute sir, and thanks for all the inspiration you gave me as a kid, as well as now.

BTW, Jerry Reed died today to....he wasn't a combat pilot, but I thought he was cool.