Ashworth, Earl E., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
6621-Logistics Officer
Last AFSC Group
Transportation and Logistics
Primary Unit
1953-1967, HQ Air Force Logistics Command (HQAFLC)
Service Years
1942 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Wilcoe, WV
Last Address
Dayton, OH

Date of Passing
Feb 04, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial Unknown

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Combat Crew Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the Army Air Corp, graduated Cadet Training School, and served proudly with distinction, with the legendary Flying Tigers, in the 528th Fighter Squadron in China; that Squadron receiving the Presidential Unit Citation and Earl awarded the highest Air Corp/Air Force honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and piloted virtually every heralded fighter aircraft used to achieve Allied victory. Following WWII, Earl test flew aircraft for the USAF, and served with a chosen few, to pilot the first jet aircraft produced, as well as an expert test pilot for North American Aviation. On January 20, 1951, he married his loving wife of 58 years, Jane Ann Mallay and shortly thereafter defended his country in combat during the Korean War, then rounding out his active duty service during the war in Southeast Asia (Vietnam). Lt. Colonel Ashworth, throughout his long career with the Army Air Corp and the United States Air Force earned among the following: The Distinguished Flying Cross, the WWII Air Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Asia-Pacific Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, to name a few; and was the only Air Force fighter pilot to receive the Army Commendation Medal. During the 1950s and 1960s, Lt. Colonel Ashworth piloted the array of fighter aircraft jets and was widely known as among the nations top fighter pilots. His last mission serving his country, was as a civilian, during the Cold War, where Lt. Col. Ashworth served as the Fighter Aircraft Attack SPO Director at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 15 years, providing the Department of Defense with his vast knowledge of fighter aircraft tactics and overseas defense contracts with Americas allies and treaty partners. He also has the rare distinction of serving in high level posts during overseas duty assignments with both the European Allied Command the Pacific Allied Command. Lt. Colonel Ashworth was the last surviving Flying Tiger in the state of Ohio and maintained close friendships with his fighter pilot brethren, through annual reunions with his beloved 528th Fighter Squadron.
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Air Force Reserve Command 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Chiefs9th Air Force
4th Fighter-Interceptor WingUS Air ForceAir Force Logistics Command
  1942-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1947-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
  1952-1953, 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Chiefs
  1952-1953, 9th Air Force
  1952-1953, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1952-1953, 4th Operations Group
  1953-1967, HQ Air Force Logistics Command (HQAFLC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1952-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
West Virginia University
  1939-1942, West Virginia University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
  1944-1946, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1952-1953, F-86 Sabre
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