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Fahnestock turns 104


Last updated 1/31/2018 at 3:28pm

Fred Fahnestock, front and center, celebrates his 104th birthday with family and friends, Jan. 9. Courtesy photo

FALLBROOK – Fred H. Fahnestock celebrated his 104th birthday at his home of 16 years in Fallbrook, Jan. 9, surrounded by friends, family and neighbors.

Fahnestock is a World War II veteran who served in the 8th Air Force as the tail gunner in a B-24 in the 458th Bombardment Group over Europe. He flew 31 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In 1936, Fahnestock flew his own Durrer Thomas Morse biplane in Chicago where he was born and raised; he left for sunny Southern California in 1938.

Fahnestock was also a member of the Victor Mc Laglen motor corp, the Motorcycle Stunt & Drill Team, in 1939. The group was also a part of the "Victor McLaglen Light Horse."


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