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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

11th Fighter Squadron

"Our Squadron had four pilots on standby in the Alert Shack on the ramp ready to scramble if the radar picked up anything. I was one of those pilots."

Glen R. Ellis, pilot, 11th Fighter Squadron, 1943-1944

 
Pilots of the 11th Fighter Squadron
Pilots of the 11th Fighter Squadron on Adak Island in Alaska in 1944. Glen Ellis stands second from the right.
Courtesy retired Lt. Col. Glen R. Ellis, pilot, 11th Fighter Squadron, 1943-1944.
 
 
Ellis working on a plane
Glen Ellis and some members of the 11th Air Force work on a plane.
Courtesy retired Lt. Col. Glen R. Ellis, pilot, 11th Fighter Squadron, 1943-1944.

Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.