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Retired WWII pilot shares experiences flying the P-38 and Sabre Jet during wartime
The ninth presentation in the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Veterans Presentation Series will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m in the Visitors Center at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana SE, Albuquerque, NM.
We are honored to have Colonel Clay Keen (ret.), a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, who will share his experiences during WWII as a P-38 pilot in Asia and a Sabre Jet Pilot in Korea. This series offers an opportunity for the public to hear from our veterans, first hand, about their experiences in the service of our country.
A native of Magdalena, New Mexico, Mr. Keen enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 – barely making weight! After receiving pilot training under the Western Flying Training Command at bases in Arizona and California, Lt. Keen was deployed to provide fighter support for air actions in the China-Burma-India Theater as part of the 58th Fighter Squadron, 38th Fighter Group, 10th Army Air Force.
Based in Moran Field, India, and Sahmaw Field, Burma, Lt. Keen flew 75 missions in his P-38, “B. Rose,” and logged another 100+ hours of combat time flying C-46’s on supply runs before the war ended. During the Korean War, Captain Clay Keen flew 100 missions out of K-14 AFB, primarily in his F-86 Sabre Jet, the "Eight Ball Express". A member of the New Mexico National Guard from 1947-1974, he retired after 32 years of service, but continued as a commercial pilot based in Albuquerque until 1993.
In the following months, the Foundation plans to have veterans talk about their experiences on major campaigns and/or battles of WWII (in Europe and the Pacific), Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. Admission is free; however donations to the Foundations are always appreciated.
For further information regarding the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park and Foundation please visit our Visitor Center or go to www.nmvetsmemorial.org or call Christopher Timm (505) 238-8174.