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Old Guys and Their Airplanes host John Mollison presents a live conversation with Capt. E. Royce Williams, USN (retired). The conversation is live Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11am Central, 10am Mountain on, on Facebook Live and on the SDNet app.

Williams, a native of Wilmot, SD, received Silver Star for action that took place on Nov. 18, 1952 when Williams, flying a Navy F9F-5 Panther shot down four Soviet MiG-15s in a matter of 35 minutes.

Because Williams’ mission was an engagement with Soviet pilots it was classified Top Secret. Royce Williams waited over 50 years – after the collapse of the Soviet Union – before mentioning his experience. Today there is an effort to upgrade his award to the Medal of Honor.

This OGTA Debrief is made possible by the support of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and presented by SDPB.


OGTA Interview with Gen. Charles McGee

Brigadier General Charles McGee participates in a live online interview, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:00 am CDT / 10:00 am MDT. General McGee is one of the few surviving members of WWII’s 332nd Fighter Group, a unit of African-American military airmen formed during the era’s culture of unit-segregation by race.

The event will be streamed live on this page, and on a variety of platforms. Viewe


Charles McGee’s WWII fighter plane

“Kitten” was a P-51C Mustang fighter plane flown by then-Lieutenant McGee while flying combat with the famous “Redtail Squadron” during WWII.

McGee flew combat from bases in Italy where he partook in tactical ground support as well as bomber escort missions. McGee is credited with an aerial victory over the German Luftwaffe. Later on, he retired from the USAF having accumulated an astounding 409 combat missions in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.