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Staryl C. Austin Jr.

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Commander, 142Nd Fighter Intercep...

Oregon Air National Guard
 
Background

Employment History

  • Commander
    125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • P-47 Fighter Pilot
    410th Fighter Squadron
  • WWII Pilot

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Web References
Biographies (P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association)
www.p47pilots.com, 30 May 2001 [cached]
Staryl C. Austin Enlisting in the Air Corps in 1942, he first went through CPT Primary.Qualifying as an Aviation Cadet, he completed pilot training at Spence Field, Georgia, in Class 43-I.On completion of P-47 transition at Richmond, Virginia, he was assigned as a P-47 Instructor Pilot at Dover, Delaware.A year later he joined the 410th Fighter Squadron, 373rd Fighter Group, in Belgium, remaining with the same unit until V.E Day and completing 58 missions before the European War ended.
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Staryl C. Austin
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Picture of Staryl AustinSTARYL C. AUSTIN, JR., born on September 16, 1920, in Condon, Oregon.After graduation from Salem High School, Salem, Oregon, in 1938, he entered the automobile painting business with his father who had been a gunner on Handley-Page bombers in World War I.
Enlisting in the Air Corps in 1942, he first went through CPT Primary.Qualifying as an Aviation Cadet, he completed pilot training at Spence Field, Georgia, in Class 43-I.On completion of P-47 transition at Richmond, Virginia, he was assigned as a P-47 Instructor Pilot at Dover, Delaware.A year later he joined the 410th Fighter Squadron, 373rd Fighter Group, in Belgium, remaining with the same unit until V.E Day and completing 58 missions before the European War ended.
Returning to the U.S. with the 373rd to re-equip and participate in the attack on Japan, he was on leave on V.J Day.Was awarded the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, various campaign ribbons, and the Belgian Fourragere.
While studying for an Aeronautical Engineering degree, he became a charter member of the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard at Tulsa.The unit was activated on October 1O, 1950, with Major Austin as its Commander.Flying first the Republic F-84B, then new "G" models, the unit flew its aircraft to Europe in 1952, following the "Fox Able" route across the North Atlantic.
On release from active duty in 1953, he returned to Oregon and became Commander, 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon Air National Guard, flying F-86's.Appointed Assistant Adjutant General, Air, for Oregon in 1963 and promoted to Brigadier General.Presently serving as Deputy Adjutant General of Oregon.
In addition, Staryl C. Austin ...
www.keizertimes.com, 8 June 2007 [cached]
In addition, Staryl C. Austin delivered to White a commendation award from Gov.
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Austin, a retired brigadier general, served with the Oregon National Guard and as director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.
Austin also acted as courier, relaying the message that Kulongoski, as a former Marine, has military ties himself.
State News - StatesmanJournal.com
news.statesmanjournal.com, 4 Mar 2004 [cached]
Gov. Ted Kulongoski congratulates Staryl Austin Jr. on Wednesday after presenting him with a medal from the Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the United States as an Oregon veteran of World War II.
WWII pilot Staryl Austin Jr. of Salem is among the 11.
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Staryl Austin Jr. of Salem, like millions of Americans, served in the armed forces during World War II.
As a P-47 pilot in what was then the Army Air Corps, he flew fighter-bombers in support of Allied troops advancing in Western Europe against the military forces of Nazi Germany.
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But like many veterans of that war more than half a century ago, Austin, 83, does not consider himself a hero.
"After 58 missions, I got home without a scratch," he said."That was pretty notable.I never got a shot at an enemy airplane because we weren't doing that kind of work.But every time we flew, we were shot at."
Austin was stationed in Belgium, arriving in November 1944 after instructor duty in the United States.He fought from the Battle of the Bulge to the German surrender in May 1945.
Most of his missions were below 10,000 feet, which left his airplane vulnerable to anti-aircraft and sometimes rifle fire as he sought out targets such as tanks.
"At that time of the war, anything moving was military," he said."The Germans didn't have a lot of gasoline left, and the military were the only ones who had it.So anything we could find was a legitimate target."
Austin, who grew up in Salem, stayed in what became the Air Force.He was called up again for duty during the Korean War, but was stationed this time in Europe, flying patrols over a divided Germany.
He returned to Salem in 1957, worked in the state Military Department, and headed the state Department of Veterans Affairs from January 1981 to December 1984.
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Staryl Austin Jr., Salem: Army Air Corps (now U.S. Air Force).He was a P-47 fighter pilot with the 410th Fighter Squadron of the 373rd Fighter Group in Belgium, where he flew 58 combat missions.He was director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs for four years and is starting a second four-year term on its advisory committee.
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