Friday, June 29, 2012

Keep 'Em Flying! Comemorating a Local Hero

Today's post is a little different than my usual. I came across this pin that was given to me a few months ago and wanted to share the story behind it with you.

The pin came from a hangar in Geneseo where they are undertaking an incredible project, the rebuilding (from the ground up) of a P-51B Mustang plane in honor of a fallen local Tuskegee Airman.

Here is an excerpt from the project's Facebook page:

On April 21st, 1945, the city of Rochester lost a war hero. Flight Officer Leland H. Pennington, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen's 301st Fighter Squadron, was lost while returning to base from combat. A successful bomber escort mission over the Attnang-Puchheim Marshalling Yard in Austria was Leland's last action for the war effort. During this mission, Pennington was flying a P-51B-10 "Mustang" named "Lucy Gal," after his wife.

Isn't this an amazing undertaking?!?
Keep up to date on the progress through their Facebook page:!/pages/Tuskegee-P-51-Lucy-Gal-Project-Geneseo-NY/164292383635429
or their blog:
where you can also show your support via much needed donations!

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