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Feb 20 2013

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Ken Jernstedt †

Ken JernstedtKenneth Allen Jernstedt, who flew with the legendary Flying Tigers, died on February 5 aged 95. Born in 1917, Jernstedt flew with the US Marine Corps before joining the American Volunteer Group in 1941 to fight the Japanese in China. By the time he left the AVG in 1942, he was credited with three confirmed aerial victoires, two probables and destroyed 6 aircraft on the ground.

After the war, Ken Jerstedt settled in Hood River, Oregon, where the local airfield was renamed after him. He was the mayor of Hood River for several years and was always involved in the local political scene.

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