Timeless Voices - Robert "Shorty" Rankin
Robert "Shorty" Rankin was an Army Air Corps P-47 fighter pilot with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group during World War II. On May 12, 1944 he shot down five enemy aircraft during one mission, earning "Ace in a Day" status.
Fighter Pilot Legends
This footage was recorded at Theater in the Woods during AirVenture 2007. Five WWII fighter pilots share their stories and memories.
Timeless Voices - Cleon Thomton
Cleon Thomton (1920-2013) was serving in the Minnesota National Guard when he was accepted into the Army Air Corps for pilot training. Trained as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, he flew 87 combat missions with the 56th Fighter Group during World War II.