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John J. Pesch
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Major General John J. Pesch
Born (1921-07-20)July 20, 1921
Died January 10, 2010(2010-01-10) (aged 88)
Place of birth Maspeth, Queens, New York[1]
Place of death Sterling, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Flag of the United States Air Force.png United States Air Force
Rank US-O8 insignia Major General
Commands held Director, Air National Guard

John Joseph Pesch (July 20, 1921 – January 10, 2010) was the national director of the Air National Guard from April 20, 1974 to January 31, 1977.[2] The General served in the Second World War, and was a young pilot (Captain) on March 23, 1944, when German fighters shot out two engines on the left side of his B-17 during a bombing raid. Eight members of the crew bailed out, leaving Pesch and his co-pilot alone with the aircraft.

Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety TrophyEdit

The General is remembered each time his "Flight Safety Trophy" is awarded to an organization.

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Preceded by
Maj. Gen. I. G. Brown
Director of the United States Air National Guard
April 1974 – January 1977
Succeeded by
Maj. Gen. John T. Guice

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