1st Fighter Association Reunion will be held at the Crown Plaza Dayton Hotel, Dayton, Ohio from September 7th to the 10th, 2017
Thursday, September 7th
Thursday is the arrival day for the reunion. For those flying into Dayton International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Dayton will provide complimentary shuttle service to/from the Airport. This service is based on availability and should be scheduled with the hotel’s front desk in advance. Additionally, the Hotel will provide complimentary breakfast and local transportation within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. If you drive, your room rate includes complimentary valet parking. Reserve the afternoon/evening to meet old friends in the Hospitality Suite and enjoy the “Birdseye View” of Downtown Dayton. There will be a cocktail “Pay-as-You-Go” reception and a Get-together Homestyle Buffet Dinner Thursday evening in the Crowne Plaza.
Friday, September 8th
Friday is “National Museum of the United States Air Force Day.” Plan on an early wake-up and breakfast before taking a bus to the Museum for a behind the scenes tour. Following the tour, there will be ample time for you to visit your world class Museum. Lunch will be on your own in the Museum. Note: If you plan to attend the behind the scenes tour you must provide the Names, Addresses and Driver License Numbers of each one attending (See the registration form). That evening, we will head to the Dublin Pub, in the newly redeveloped part of Dayton, for a “pub fare” dinner. Drinks will be “Pay-as-You-Go”. The Pub is a 15 minute walk from the hotel. You can also use your POV or take advantage of the hotel’s complementary shuttle.
Saturday, September 9th
After breakfast, we will have our Association Business Meeting which will include the election of the Association Officers for the 2017-2019 term. Following the election, we have tentatively scheduled an update briefing from Col. Jason “Bigbee” Hines, 1st Fighter Wing Commander. The remainder of the day is open for you to take advantage of all Dayton has to offer. That evening we will go back to the Museum for a ceremony at the 1st Fighter Wing Memorial. The Memorial was designed and funded by the Association’s founding WWII members. Following the ceremony the Museum Shop will be open for our exclusive use. Close-up viewing of the Museum’s F-15 (75-027) will be available to us.
Saturday night’s tentative banquet speaker is General (Ret.) Frank “Gork” Gorence, former 1st FW Wing Commander and member of the 94th Fighter Squadron. The Banquet and Closing Ceremonies will be under the wings in the heart of the Museum and feature Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Band of Flight. The Banquet will be proceeded by a “Pay-as-You-Go” cocktail reception. This unique experience promises to be another memorable 1st Fighter Association occasion.
Sunday, September 10th
Hotel Check-out time is 12 PM.
If you would like to attend, download the Registration Form below and mail it to Steve Gress not later than Monday, August 7th, 2017.
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.