View Full Version : Col. Don Blakeslee tribute

10-16-2008, 09:34 PM
I saw this article posted on another forum. I know there was a thread here several weeks ago about Col. Blakeslee passing away, but I think this article tells the kind of man he was. Certainly not a glory hound or a boot licker, just a hard nosed fighter pilot. He deserves more recognition. His Fourth Fighter Group as written about in 1000 Destroyed by Grover Hall was what ignited my interest in WWII aviation and Col. Blakeslee became a personal hero of mine.

http://generalaviationnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&Sub...ID=14925&TM=55478.21 (http://generalaviationnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=14925&TM=55478.21)


10-18-2008, 04:43 AM

Saw him in a programm about the P-51 a number of years ago. During one of the first missions over germany he closed in on a Me 109 only to find his guns didn't work. Later a story did the round that the german pilot had waved and Blakeslee waved back.
But Blakeslee said something like: "I wasn't about to wave. If he had waved I'd rammed him".

10-18-2008, 02:59 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif S!!



10-18-2008, 04:14 PM
One of the truly great fighter leaders.

I saw him once at an airshow. I passed him on the flight line and thought he looked familiar but couldn't place him for about 10 minutes.When I finally realised who had just passed me I was kicking myself for not shaking his hand for the rest of the day.

One story about him that makes me smile was about an inspection by a senior officer at which Blakeslee was a junior officer. He was caught by the senior officer and his C.O. trying to usher two females out of his room.When the C.O. assured the senior officer that Blakeslee would be disciplined, legend has it that the senior officer replied: "For one woman you discipline him, for two you promote him". I don't know how true it is, but it should be.

Another old soldier fades away into legend.