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War: World War II|
Branch: United States Air Force
Unit: 443rd Fighter Squadron
Highest Rank: Staff Sgt.
Theater: Within USA
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John Fiddler was born in Jay County, Indiana in 1921. In October of 1942, since he was mechanically inclined, he enlisted in the Air Force so he could work on airplanes.|
During World War II, the Air Force sent him to aircraft mechanic school in Lincoln, Nebraska. After six months of training, he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked on the P-47, where pilots were learning to fly and fight with these planes.
He was made crew chief and became completely responsible for maintenance on one of the P-47s, and airplane he was intimately familiar with and learned to love. During that time, the training outfit only lost two pilots. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Fidler flew on the Pride and Honor Flight in 2009.