US Army aviators 2nd Lt. Kenneth M. Taylor and 2nd Lt. George S. Welch, date unknown

Caption   US Army aviators 2nd Lt. Kenneth M. Taylor and 2nd Lt. George S. Welch, date unknown ww2dbase
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Added Date 23 Jul 2008
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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILLl says:
11 May 2009 04:51:56 PM

In the 1970 movie Tora, Tora, Tora the film showed the dogfight both Taylor and Welch were in, great flying shots of the P-40. However that model of the P-40 shown in the film, was not the aircraft Taylor and Welch flew. The aircraft they flew on Dec.7,1941 were P-40B's.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Aug 2010 09:52:04 AM

The first kill by 2nd Lt. Taylor on 12/7/41 was a D3A1 Val dive bomber BII-233 flown by
PO2C Koreyoshi Sotoyama and Radioman/gunner
Flyer 1C Hajime Murao, from Carrier Hiryu.

2nd Lt. Welsh Shot down a D3A1 Val dive bomber 12/7/41 flown by Lt.Saburo Makino and Radioman/gunner Sueo Sukida.
Aircraft crashed at 711 Neal Avenue, Wahiawa

3. Bill says:
27 Aug 2010 10:38:33 AM

Pilots 2nd Lt. George Welsh, together with 2Lt. Kenneth Taylor were the lone defenders
over Pearl Harbor 12/7/41.
Both pilots claimed 2 and 4 Japanese aircraft
each. Both pilots were assigned to the
47th PS, 15th PG, USAAC, Flying P-40B's

Welsh flew three combat tours, for a total
of 348 combat missions, with 16 kills.
He retired as a Major in 1944 due to malaria

After the war he worked as a test pilot for
North American Aircraft, and died in a
aircraft accident testing the new F-100 SuperSabre on Oct 25, 1954. He is buried at
Arlington National Cemetery.

Taylor continued to fly combat missions and
shot down a total of 6 Japanese aircraft.
Injuried at Guadalcanal he was sent back to
the U.S. He retired as a Colonel from the
USAF after 27 years of service.

He later served with the Air National Guard
and retired as a Brigadier General in 1971.
He died on Nov. 25, 2006 and he is also buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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