John J. Pesch

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John J. Pesch
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Major General John J. Pesch
Born(1921-07-20)July 20, 1921
Maspeth, Queens, New York[1]
DiedJanuary 10, 2010(2010-01-10) (aged 88)
At his home in Sterling, Virginia[2]
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldDirector, Air National Guard

John Joseph Pesch (July 20, 1921 – January 10, 2010) was the national director of the Air National Guard from April 20, 1974 to January 31, 1977.[3] The General served in the Second World War, and was a young pilot (Captain) on March 23, 1944, when German fighters shot out two engines on the left side of his B-17 during a bombing raid. Eight members of the crew bailed out, leaving Pesch and his co-pilot alone with the aircraft.

Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy[edit]

The General is remembered each time his "Flight Safety Trophy" is awarded to an organization.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "JOHN J. PESCH". Bangor Daily News. 13 Jan 2010. Retrieved 31 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ Former ANG director passes away at 88 > National Guard > Article View retrieved 2018-05-07.
  3. ^ "Active Major Command and ANG Leaders" (PDF), Air Force Magazine, Air Force Association, p. 106, May 2011, retrieved 20 December 2011
  4. ^ "Safety is a top priority" (PDF). Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
  5. ^ "Safety Testimonials". Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
  6. ^ "Hooligans Honored for Flight Safety". Archived from the original on 2011-12-24. Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Maj. Gen. I. G. Brown
Director of the United States Air National Guard
April 1974 – January 1977
Succeeded by
Maj. Gen. John T. Guice