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Laurence E. "Scrappy" Blumer - 367th Fighter Group. 15 Minute Ace "Ace in a Day" .

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K3VL4R #1 Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

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Laurence E. (Larry) Blumer, 80,died in Springfield, Oregon on 23 October 1997 of Leukemia.
A native of Walcott, North Dakota, he was born on 31 May 1917. After attending Concordia College in Moorhead, North Dakota, he joined the Army Air Forces and received his wings at Luke Field, Arizona in March 1943.

Assigned to the 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group,He was nicknamed "Scrappy" because he flew a "Scrap Iron" P-38. He became one of the few fighter pilots to become an "ace-in-a-day" when he shot down five FW-190s in 15 minutes of aerial combat on 25 August 1944. He rose to command the 393rd and destroyed another FW-190 before returning to the States in January 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 22 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.
Larry Blumer left the service in 1946 and entered the contracting business on the West Coast. He later purchased a surplus P-38 from the Honduran Air Force, painted it in the wartime colors of his "Scrap Iron IV" and flew it in airshows around the country for the next 12 years.
He is survived by a son, Laurence B. Blumer, of Pahrump, Nevada. He was buried with military honors on 29 October in Puyallup, Washington.

Credits to: 367th Fighter Group, Wiki and my tribute site to the 367th

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CrashTailspin #2 Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:01 PM

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Nice article.  Luv me some P-38 drivers!

However, this is why I tend to reinforce anything I get from Wiki (yeah, I learned the hard way, too).  Being a native North Dakotan, and having visited Concordia College several times, I can tell you that Moorhead is actually located across the Red River (of the North) in Minnesota.  Fargo is in North Dakota / Moorhead is in Minnesota.

Rest assured, though - Walcott IS in North Dakota.  It's pretty much a one-stoplight town.  If you blink, you'd miss it.

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K3VL4R #3 Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

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LOL actually I got that from the 367th reunion book ....but that was some years back.........Never got to meet Larry but did meet Jack and Vernon, which I think both have passed away....They always had stories of the P38 and P47 that never made the history books...

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CrashTailspin #4 Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

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I'm not sure if you've read it already or not, but if you haven't, I HIGHLY recommend reading Fork-Tailed Devil by Martin Caidin.  It reads like a story, rather than a reference manual.  There's so much stuff in here that's left out of so-called P-38 "reference books".  Truly an awesome read.

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MikeVictor #5 Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

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Great story and photograph. What a guy! What a patriot! Thanks for sharing that. Mind if I share the photo and story on Facebook with my buds? (Just the photo and story, stand-alone).

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LightningStriker911 #6 Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

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Nice story  :Smile_great:

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