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on Oct 16, 2013 in Aviation

Gone West – Herb


Herb Stachler is a WWII vet, flying the “Jug” in the European Theater. He was your classic P-47 pilot, short in height but a giant in duty and honor. I first meet Herb a year ago when we did a flight with him and his brother at the Doolittle Reunion in OH. The Texas Flying Legends Museum honors our vets by putting them back in the air as a simple thanks for their service. That’s Herb in the back of the P-51D Mustang. I was shooting out the side window of the B-25 “Panchito” giving Casey, the P-51 pilot hand signals for moving for the shot. Herb thought I was waving at him so he we constantly waving back with that giant smile. This past July, I had the great fortune to be with Herb a little more at Oshkosh, that’s him in the center with the mic sharing with the audience stories of his flying during WWII. Herb was an amazing guy, sadly, he past away this morning. Our prayers are with his family and wish him the best, gone west.