Another WWII Hero Scottie…Lassie

In honor of Father’s Day and all of our dads that served in WWII…May we present another hero Scottie, Lassie, who was a member of the 338th Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group. (source: Vintage Wings of Canada – In Praise of the Squadron Dog)

Lassie sits on the wing of Kanantz’s P-51 Mustang Saturday Night. Photo: 55th Fighter Group Association.

American Lt. Walter Konantz of 338th Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group cuddles his Scottish terrier Lassie next to his P-51D “Saturday Night”. A close read of the inscription reads: Major (Ret) Walter J. Konantz 55th Fighter Group, 8th AF – 60 combat missions without abort, 2 Me-109s, 1-Ju88, 1 Me-262 jet fighter, 21 locomotives, 1 – ammo train. Photo R. Abbey, 55th Fighter Group Association.

Walt Konantz and brother Harold Konantz were both fighter pilots with the USAAF – here they show off Walter’s beloved Lassie. Photo: 55th Fighter Group Association

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15 responses to “Another WWII Hero Scottie…Lassie

  1. That’s so awesome! I never knew Scotties have such a rich history!

  2. Wow – that is my Mom’s Cousin . I knew of article that I’ve shared with many over the years in War Birds Magazine but had never seen this one amazing.

  3. Oh! Great photos! I have to share your post with my brothers who love WWII photographs and dogs. Lassie’s expression as she sits on the wing is priceless.

  4. Chancy and Mumsy

    Adorable little Scottie dog and you can tell it is much loved. Hugs

  5. WOW!! What a brave Scottie!!

  6. Interesting – I will be sharing with my husband since he is a WWII historian. He probably already knew this anyway! 🙂 Do you know what happened to Lassie? She was adorable.

  7. Walter Konantz was my father. Lassie II occasionally flew in the P-51.

    There’s another picture of Lassie II at
    http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/images/Pilots%20Photos/338th%20FS/Konantz%20Walter%20J%20Lt%20and%20Lassie.jpg She was hit by an ambulance and the flight surgeon put her in a cast with a wheel. She recovered completely and was smuggled back to the US on a troop ship at the end of the war.

    She stayed with our family until her death in 1953 in California. She was shipped back to my grandparents house in Lamar, MO, in a cooler with dry ice, for a formal funeral. The sale of that house after my grandmother passed on had a restriction that the headstone had to stay. Eventually it was moved from a vertical orientation to a flat orientation, but it is still close by.

    I have several other photos if anyone is interested.

  8. I am Walter Konantz’s daughter, and I was two years old when Lassie died. My mother told me she avoided me when I was awake, but when I slept on a bed or couch she would sleep with me. We have snapshots of her sleeping with me on the couch when I was a baby.

  9. Great story. Remarkable dog. And thanks for your Likes.

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