Richard Harschlip

Eau Claire Man with Famous Air Unit in France
Private First Class Richard Harschlip, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harschlip, 917 South Barstow Street, is a member of the Military Police Detachment at the Ninth Air Force Mustang Fighter Base in France, according to a press dispatch from that base. Prior to entering service in November 1942, he was a student at Eau Claire High School. He has been on overseas duty for the past ten months and is with the Ninth Tactical Air Command.

Pilots of the Pioneer P-51 Mustang Fighter Group, where Private First Class Harschlip is serving, destroyed 50 enemy fighters in a single day to zoom past the 500 victory mark and set a new European Theater of Operations record for time in service. Thirty-seven were brought down in aerial dogfights, another record, and 13 destroyed on the ground.

All members of the Pioneer Group wear the blue and gold Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon for "outstanding performance against the enemy."