Norman C. Skogstad

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Lieutenant Norman C. Skogstad
Born (1920-07-18)July 18, 1920
Barron, Wisconsin
Died May 12, 2001(2001-05-12) (aged 80)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Captain
Unit 307th Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Air Medal (18)
Other work Lawyer

Norman Cyrus Skogstad (July 18, 1920 – May 12, 2001) was a United States Army Air Forces flying ace and a leading pilot in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Norman Cyrus Skogstad was the son of Otis Skogstad (1886–1965) and Mabel (Simonson) Skogstad (1892–1979) of Barron, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.[3]

World War II[edit]

He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II with the 307th Fighter Squadron. He began his overseas service in June 1944 as a first lieutenant. By the end of the war, he was a captain and the leader of a squadron. As an ace, Skogstad had 12 confirmed kills, piloting a P-51. His first occurred August 7, 1944 in Blechhammer, Poland where he destroyed two enemy aircraft. On August 18, 1944, he destroyed two Messerschmitt Bf 109s over Ploiești, Romania. Ten days later in Austria, he destroyed one transport. On September 2, 1944, he was credited with destroying one Junkers Ju 52. On December 17, 1944, he was credited with destroying two Focke-Wulf Fw-190s over Blechhammer, Poland. His last confirmed kills occurred on March 25, 1945 where he destroyed four FW-190s over Olomouc, Moravia. From August 12 to 16, 1944, he flew in support of Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France.[4][5][6][7]

Norman C. Skogstad was awarded the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven battle stars, the ATO anti-submarine patrol decoration, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with 17 clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also earned the Presidential Unit and Silver Star for gallantry.[8][9]

After the war[edit]

He was an accomplished trial attorney and practiced law for 35 years. He retired in 1982. His wife, Marilynn Carlson Skogstad (1923–1999), died August 30, 1999. Norman Skogstad died on May 12, 2001 at the age of 80 and was buried in Washington Park East Cememtery, Indianapolis, Indiana. He had five children: Leif, Britt, Sigrid Luther, Ingrid Dinsmore, and Lisa Skogstad.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marilyn Carlson Betrothed To Lieutenant Norman C. Skogstad". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 15, 1944. 
  2. ^ "Norman C. Skogstad, 1Lt USAAF". American Air Aces of World War II and Korea. July 7, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Norman Cyrus Skogstad". thegeneastorypages. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hammel, Eric (2010) Air War Europa: Chronology: America’s Air War Against Germany In Europe and North Africa, 1942–1945 (Pacifica Military History, page 371) ISBN 9781890988098
  5. ^ "Capt. Norman C. Skogstad". U.S. Army Air Force Aces, World War II, 1939–1945. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Norman C. Skogstad, Lt". Top P-51 Mustang Aces. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Norman C. Skogstad 12.0-31FG". USAAF MTO Aces of WW2. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Skogstad, Norman C., USAAF – Awarded: SS – World War II". Alphabetical Index of Recipients of Major Military Awards. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Skogstad, 1st Lt. Norman C" (PDF). Army Air Forces Aces of World War II. Retrieved May 1, 2016.