James T. Pribil, Fighter Bomber Pilot, USAAF, MN-ANG, USAF

James T. ("Jim")  Pribil flew as a WW II Fighter-Bomber Pilot flying ground attack and ground support missions with the USAAF Twelfth Air Force during WW II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy (Anzio, etc.), Corsica, France, and over Germany. He had a subsequent career with the Mn-ANG and USAF from the Korea through the Vietnam era. He retired after 26 years as a Lt. Col., receiving the AF Commendation medal in 1966, among others.
During WW II Jim flew the ground attack version of the P-51 Mustang (A-36) and later the P-47 Thunderbolt. He learned to fly on a P-40 Warhawk. He was shot down once by AA and had to bail out. He evaded capture for a week with the help of a local Italian family and eventually returned to his unit. The bail out caused some injuries requiring a week in the hospital. On another occasion he was jumped by two German fighters and some British fighters got them off his tail. Usually his squadron flew from Corsica to Italy in squadron strength. Jim flew well over 70 missions during WW II.
After retirement from the Air Force, Jim spent 35 years with the Hudson Water Commission. 
The Hudson Star-Observer of January 31, 2013, p. 9A featured an article about Jim's military service
and also published an article about his retirement after 35 years from the Hudson Water Commision in the June 13, 2013 issue.
An Oral History Interview was video recorded by Kevin Callahan and Mary Berg of the 8th AFHS-MN on April 17, 2014 at Jim's home in Hudson, WI with Harold O. Hansen also present.

Jim Pribil, Jet Pilot

Photos of Jim Pribil.
James T. Pribil, USAF



Jim Pribil and Super Sabre Jet
Gen. David Jinn? MN-ANG, Jim Pribil, Burford
Jim Pribil with Mary Berg
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