(Photograph on right copyright 2017 by Dan Routh. Photo on left, US Army Air Corps)
My father 1st Lt. Sylvan R. Routh, 435th FS, 479th FG, United States 8th Air Force and his flight log book. P- was his airplane “P Bar”, a P-51D Mustang. Dad flew 39 combat missions in Europe during World War II. On March 15, 1945, he was escorting bombers over Berlin. He came home to a career as a farmer, teacher and school principal. He was my hero.