MADISON, Wis. – Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing performed a flyover, known as a missing man formation, over the funeral of Louis C. Martin, a decorated World War II veteran, in Appleton, Wisconsin, at approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 4.
The flyover, in remembrance of Martin’s distinguished career, met extensive eligibility requirements. The Air Force’s Mortuary Affairs Office approved the request, allowing the 115 FW to conduct the time-honored aerial maneuver.
“There aren’t many World War II veterans in our presence anymore,” said Col. Jeffrey Wiegand, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “Having the opportunity to fly these types of missions and show our appreciation for those who came before us, is an honor.”
According to Martin’s obituary, he flew more than 188 combat missions as a P-40 Warhawk pilot. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.