Blumer, Laurence Elroy, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 367th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1946
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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Walcott, North Dakota
Last Address
Springfield, Oregon

Date of Passing
Oct 23, 1997
Location of Interment
Woodbine Cemetery - Puyallup, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified
Military Service Number
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  1961, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On Aug 25, 1944 he shot down 5 enemy aircraft in 15 minutes, becoming an "Ace in a day". He gained 1 more aerial victory Nov 19, 1944.

Synopsis of his DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Laurence E. Blumer (ASN: 0-740351), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 393d Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on August 25, 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Captain Blumer 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. Captain Blumer's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Action Date: 25-Aug-44
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Captain
Company: 393d Fighter Squadron
Regiment: 367th Fighter Group
Division: 9th Air Force

Other Comments:
Book: "Mission to Berlin", by Robert F. Dorr, Zenith Press, 2011, p 148.


 1944-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Length 37.83 ft | 11.53 m
Width 52.00 ft | 15.85 m
Height 9.81 ft | 2.99 m
Engine(s) 2 x Allison V-1710-111 water-cooled inline piston engines generating 1,425hp.
Empty Weight 12,800 lbs | 5,806 kg
MTOW 21,601 lbs | 9,798 kg
Max Speed 414 mph | 666 km/h | 360 kts
Max Range 2,237 miles | 3,600 km
Ceiling 43,963 ft | 13,400 m | 8.3 miles
Climb Rate 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 20mm Cannon
4 x 12.7mm machine guns

10 x 5in high-explosive rockets (optional)
2 x Drop Tanks (optional)
2 x 500lb bombs (optional)

Up to 4,000lbs (908kg) of underwing ordnance.
Accommodations 1

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