Woodbury County

Lt. Byron J. Fisher



Danbury Pilot of Thunderbolt Plane Given Air Medal

An Eighth Air Force Fighter Station, England—Second Lt. Byron J. Fisher, fighter pilot of Danbury, Ia., has bee awarded the air medal for “exceptional achievement in aerial flight over enemy-occupied continental Europe.”

Lt. Fisher is flying combat with the 56th fighter group, highest scoring fighter outfit in Eighth air force. Commanded by Lt. Col. Lucian A. Dade, jr., of Hopkinsville, Ky., his P-47 Thunderbolt group has destroyed 832 German planes—666 in the air and 166 on the ground.

A former student at Iowa State college in Ames, he was employed as an assembler by the Lockheed Aircraft corporation of Burbank, Cal., prior to his enlistment in the air forces September 10, 1942. He received the silver wings of a pilot upon completing advanced flight training at Moore field, Tex.

Lt. Fisher is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy J. Fisher, of Danbury.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 20, 1945 (photo included)