The Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron – Introduction (by Clarence Simonsen)

The Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron – Introduction (by Clarence Simonsen)

Lest We Forget

Note – In 1983, I obtained an unsigned article. It was a reprint of the original from the archives of the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, at Alabama. It was prepared by the Historical Section, Administration and Service Division, Headquarters, Second Air Force, 20 September 1945. It will be reproduced in black text for the historical and detailed progress of the forming and training of the Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron, including the training in the United States. Small sections from my own research will appear in blue type.

In March 1992, I was lucky to be invited to the home of Cor. FAPA [retired] Carlos Garduno Nunez, one of the original pilots who commanded Escadrille “B”. Many of the attached blue notes resulted from this old interview. In the 1960s Col. Carlos Garduno piloted Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in his 707 airliner.

Author and Colonel Garduno in his home 1992

Author and Col. Garduno in his home…

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