1st FW Hurrivacs to Rickenbacker, Mx Rallies at OSU
Wednesday October 5th, the 1st Fighter Wing started deploying all available aircraft to Rickenbacker Air Force Base in central Ohio. They just completed a TDY to Tyndall Air Force Base for Operation Combat Archer training. Ohio native and 27th AMU maintainer TSgt Doug Seeger contacted the 1st Fighter Association Enlisted Advisor and Columbus resident, Randy Dodge regarding the Ohio State University football game that coming Saturday October 8th. Randy, who is part of a large tailgate party in the Ohio Stadium parking lot, TSgt Seeger and 27th Maintenance Chief CMSgt Rich Ragno invited whoever was available from the Wing to come to the stadium and be part of the tailgate party. The members of the 27th and 94th AMUs hung out all day and enjoyed telling stories and watching Ohio State defeat Indiana University. A great time was had by all. The photo was taken in front of Ohio Stadium.
Lt Robert "Bob" McIntosh Comes Home
On 12 May 1944, 1st Lt Robert L. McIntosh, of the 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, disappeared during a combat mission in Italy. His P-38 aircraft, departed Foggia Airfield #3 on a strafing mission against a target in Piacenza, Italy. After a brief air battle over Bologna, which 1st Lt McIntosh emerged apparently unscathed, the weather worsened and the flight began to climb through the overcast. Although flight leader instructions were acknowledged by 1st Lt McIntosh, his aircraft was observed to dive through the clouds, and he was not seen or heard from again. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4765 documented that he was last seen near Imola, Italy.
After the cessation of hostilities, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) searches failed to locate his crash site and his remains were declared non-recoverable. In September 2013, Italian citizens excavated a crash site in Santa Cristana, Italy, and found material evidence which correlated with MACR 4765. Possible human remains, consisting of a single bone fragment, were turned over to U.S. representatives on 11/19/13, and positively identified on 2/12/14. A DPAA team excavated the site with assistance from an Italian non-profit group in August-September 2015 and the DPAA Lab ultimately identified the additional remains of 1Lt McIntosh on 3/22/16.
1Lt McIntosh was brought back to his home town of Tiptin Indiana and buried next to his parents on Aug 13 2016, with full military honors.