2019 Honorees Announced

B-25 Mitchell Bombers

490th Bomb Group "Burma Bridge Busters" B-25 Mitchell bombers, featuring the distinctive skull and wings logo

At this year’s dinner, a Special Award will be awarded to Thomas Prinster (1945-2018) and Lyle Hogg, who saved 11 lives on February 21, 1982 by successfully crash landing their burning commuter plane on the frozen Scituate Reservoir.

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In addition to Thomas Prinster and Lye Hogg, we will recognize the following individuals:

  • Theose Tillinghast; WWI pilot, escaped POW, president of United Aircraft Services
  • Corp. John Crouchley, WWII B-24 pilot, KIA over Bulgaria in 1944. He stayed at the controls of a wounded bomber so that his 9 crew members could bail out.
  • COL Ted Crouchley USAF (Ret), John’s brother, also a WWII B-24 pilot, participated in the first US raid on a target in Europe. He went on to serve 30 years in the Air Force, mostly with Strategic Air Command.
  • Eunice Oates, a WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP). CW5
  • Thomas Magnan USA (Ret), Vietnam helicopter pilot with more than 20,000 flight hours.
  • COL Paul L. Smith, USA (Ret), first CO (1939) of the 152nd Observation Squadron, first official aviation unit of the RI National Guard.
  • LT Sidney Amylon, a B-24 pilot whose unit specialized in bombing bridges in Burma and China.

The seventeenth annual RI Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Cocktail Reception @ 5:30 pm
Dinner @ 6:30 pm, Ceremony to Follow
The Scottish Rite Center, 2115 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905
(at the entrance to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet)

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