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