Lt. Virgil Koenig's photos

 

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The photos include 2 showing Lt. Koenig in the water just after launch from the USS Shangri-La.  The engine quit on his F4U and he was fortunate to get out alive.
 

Got his wings March 1944 at Pensacola

Climbing aboard

Closer up.

Crash on June 12 1945

A fortunate escape

Here's a group of photos from the Casa Grande, Arizona crop dusting business... this flying is not for the faint of heart!  Virgil told me the attrition was 125%... all 4 planes crashed once and one of them twice! The photos include him, his dusting planes and airfield.  After a while he became a Piper salesman too.
 

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