John J. Pesch

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John J. Pesch
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Major General John J. Pesch
Born(1921-07-20)20 July 1921
Maspeth, Queens, New York[1]
Died10 January 2010(2010-01-10) (aged 88)
Sterling, Virginia[2]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
RankMajor General
Commands heldAir National Guard
132nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)

John Joseph Pesch (20 July 1921 – 10 January 2010) was a senior officer in the United States Air Force who served as director of the Air National Guard from 20 April 1974 to 31 January 1977.[3] He served in World War II, and was a young pilot on 23 March 1944, when German fighters shot out two engines on the left side of his B-17 during a bombing raid. Eight members of the crew bailed out, leaving Pesch and his co-pilot, J. C. Amley, to successfully land the aircraft.

Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy[]

Pesch is remembered each time his "Flight Safety Trophy" is awarded to an organization.

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  1. ^ "JOHN J. PESCH". Bangor Daily News. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ Former ANG director passes away at 88 > National Guard > Article View retrieved 2018-05-07.
  3. ^ "Active Major Command and ANG Leaders" (PDF), Air Force Magazine, Air Force Association, p. 106, May 2011, retrieved 20 December 2011
  4. ^ "Safety is a top priority" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Safety Testimonials". Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Hooligans Honored for Flight Safety". Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011.

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Preceded by
I. G. Brown
Director of the United States Air National Guard
Succeeded by
John T. Guice
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