|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."