Georgia Tech Living History, Atlanta, GA Video June 6, 2019, 2:24pm

Videos by Georgia Tech Living History in Atlanta. The Georgia Tech Living History Program was founded to collect, preserve, and present the history of The Institute through the stories of her people.

Remembering WWII and D-Day - Floyd Blair, EE 1942

Remembering WWII and D-Day

Living History has been fortunate to be able to interview many alumni who were members of the Greatest Generation. Forty-one of them are still with us. This week we will post a video clip from five of them-one each day. We hope you will tune in and listen to their stories and share them with others as we remember our dear veterans.

Floyd Blair, EE 1942 went from Tech into the Army Air Corps and was trained as a fighter pilot. He was shipped to England in 1944, the youngest and least experienced of a group of four, who knew they were in the queue for something big. A member of the 404th Fighter Group, he and his P-47, which he named the Rambin’ Wreck circled above the D-Day Landing Forces to thwart any interference from the Germans. Captain Blair went on to fly 100 missions earning an Air Medal with 13 Oak Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Unit Citation, and the French Legion of Honor. He also formed a band at an abandoned German Air Field and Barracks, outside of Sint-Truiden, Belgium, that became so well-known a local author wrote a book about him, “Nix Compris—Blair Was There.” He is retired in Ocala, Florida.

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Remembering WWII and D-Day - Floyd Blair, EE 1942
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